An employer can request that an employee works reasonable overtime…

WHAT IS REASONABLE??

Overtime can be reasonable so long the following is taken into account:

  • any risk to health and safety from working the extra hours
  • the employee’s personal situation, including their family responsibilities
  • the workplace need’s
  • if the employee is entitled to receive overtime payments or penalty rates for working the extra hours
  • if they are paid at a higher rate on the understanding that they work some overtime
  • if the employee was given enough notice that they may have to do some overtime
  • the usual patterns of work in the industry

AN EMPLOYEE CAN REFUSE TO WORK OVERTIME, IF THE REQUEST IS UNREASONABLE