Paying banana boxes of food as OT is not an a-peeling option

November 7, 2012
By Eric B. Meyer on November 7, 2012 7:00 AM | | Comments

bananas for those cramps[brrrring brrrring]

"Eric Meyer."

"Uh, yeah, Eric. I just learned that we've got facilities managers who have been working overtime 'off the clock' and...."

"Off the clock, you said?"

"Yeah, and instead of paying time-and-a-half---"

"Yes......"

"We've been giving them banana boxes."

"Did you say, banana boxes?"

"Yes."

"Hold please."

[Chuckles. Calls in five colleagues. Puts phone on speaker]

"Say that again. Sloooooooowly."

"Yeah, we've been giving banana boxes of food to employees who work off-the-clock overtime. Is that, uh, ok?"

"You're f***ing with us, uh, me, right?

"No, really."

"Ok."

"I'm going to email you this case I read yesterday from the Northern District of Mississippi. Wouldn't you believe that these two facilities managers were working 'off the clock' OT and getting paid with banana boxes of food. Yadda yadda yadda. You're screwed."

Folks, don't monkey around -- couldn't resist again, could I -- with OT. Non-exempt hourly employees work over 40 hours in a workweek; it's generally best to pay them time-and-a-half...in money.