When we come to an idea about overtime payment most think that only laborer or manufacture work have the right to receive overtime payment. But In today’s workplace everyone gets overtime payments regardless if you are executive, manager or supervisor.
The point is that overtime payments depend on the employment contract you have with the firm. Normally the employment contract consists the employer working hours and usually includes details of any kind of overtime payment rates and how are they worked out. Workers can’t be forced to work overtime unless is written down in their contract. But even if so, by law they can’t be forced to work more than 48 hours per week unless the employee agrees to work more and in that case they need to put that agreement on a paper that needs to be signed by both sides.
In case the employee doesn’t have an overtime work guaranteed by the employer, the employer can stop them from working overtime. An employee can also agree to time off instead of the overtime payments. This means they can get free day/days for their after-time hours that they spend.
So it’s really useful and we advise you to have a talk with employment solicitor before signing your employment contract. Employment solicitors will give you some advice’s and pointer about what the contract need to have and what are your legal rights as an employee.