Overpaying for overtime?: Practical tips to reduce costsBy Peter Israel02/05/2003|Canadian Employment Law Today Although every jurisdiction has minimum standards requiring the payment of overtime, employees and managers are often confused about who is eligible for overtime and how overtime is handled and paid. A policy statement regarding this subject is the easiest way to eliminate any confusion about this issue.Although employees may appreciate the opportunity to earn extra pay through overtime, excessive overtime and its administration is expensive for employers.Excessive overtime may lead to employee fatigue which, in turn, may affect absenteeism. Absenteeism usually leads to operational inefficiencies. Excessive use of overtime to achieve business objectives may indicate a weakness in planning, inadequate staffing levels or inefficient equipment for the job at hand. Therefore overtime hours worked and the costs associated with it should be tracked closely by all employers. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.