As an at-will employer, you generally have the right to require mandatory overtime as needed, and employees usually cannot refuse your request that they work overtime. Some employers will need employees to work mandatory overtime only on an intermittent basis due to business needs, but other employers will require mandatory overtime of employees as a matter of course. No general laws or regulations govern mandatory overtime. However, there are limitations under certain Wage Orders and union contracts. Your organization policy can also place limitations on mandatory overtime.
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