I'm an employer, our office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (with 1 hour unpaid lunch) Mon - Fri (a 40 hour week). Can an employee opt out of lunch, or work through it, and expect 1 hour overtime for the day, providing they work 40 hours for the week? Just to clarify, an employee would work from 8-5, Mon - Fri and earn 40 regular hours and 5 overtime hours.
It seems to me that overtime hours are earned outside of normal business hours. Am I mistaken? We have also had employees that didn't take a lunch during the typical lunch hours (11-2) and wanted to leave at 4:00 for lunch, not coming back to work.
Thanks for your help in clearing this issue up.