Can an employee volunteer to do extra work without being paid

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Can an employee volunteer to do extra work without being paid

An employee wishes to volunteer to complete a project after clocking out for the
day. Is this permissible if both management and the employee agree to it? If it
is can you please provide the appropriate code for this?

Asked on July 12, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no such thing as unpaid or volunteer work for a person's employer, even if the employee and employer both agree to it: hourly employees must be paid for all hours worked. The law takes this hardline because otherwise, if there were exceptions to the rule, it would be too likely that some employers would pressure or coerce their employees into "volunteering" to work for free.


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