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Can my employer give me time off instead of overtime pay?

Excessively long working hours can have a negative impact on employees’ well-being and productivity. Overtime pay encourages employers to properly schedule their working hours and ensures that employees are compensated when they work extra hours.

If you are covered under Part IV of the Employment Act, your employer cannot substitute overtime pay with time off. Overtime must be paid at the rate of at least 1.5 times the hourly basic rate of pay.

If you are not covered under Part IV, the entitlement would depend on what is in your employment contract.

Last Updated: 29 May 2017