Ask HR: Working “extra hours” – Volunteering? or Wage & Hour red flag?

askHRDear HR,

At a recent board meeting of our non-profit organization, our team gave huge kudos to a team member for putting in some extra hours.  This raised a red flag in my mind —

Does this employee need to be paid for all these “extra hours?”


HR Answer:

Yes! Way to notice those wage and hour red flags! Employees’ hours worked should not be exceeding what is reported on the timecard.


We understand due to the board’s tight budget why the employee may have considered their additional work as volunteering (/2016/03/20/ask-hr-8/), but there are specific wage and hour laws that non-profits need to abide.   We recommend having the employee report the previously unrecorded hours and submit them for reimbursement.