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What do you do if you are being asked to work overtime?

I have been offered multiple times positions where I am required to work over time (sometimes as much as 60 hours a week) and that's a considereable amount of hours. How should I approach asking about overtime? I have had some people tell me they don't pay overtime and I'm wondering if that is even legal? Thoughts?

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Rebekah in Mesa, AZ
Sept. 19, 2019

Ok fun fact. And a fact that most nannies don't know. I certainly didn't when I was first starting out but, legally, a nanny CANNOT be paid salary... "A nanny is a non-exempt hourly employee. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that all nannies must be paid for every hour worked and that live-out nannies must also be paid overtime (time and a half) for anything over 40 hours in a 7 day period." Here's the source, also a great resource: https://www.nannycounsel.com/b... . As for approaching the subject, any time you take on a new position you should be doing it with a contract. If they don't ask for one, YOU should, and that's where things like this can be discussed and spelled out ahead of time. It just makes everyone clear on the boundaries and that everyone really is on the same page about what the job entails, and keeps issues from arising needlessly in the first place. And if something does go wrong, say your family suddenly tries to withhold pay because of a child's favorite toy being lost at the park, or your hours being changed and now you are working 70 hours a week instead of 35, you are protected.

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Epeti in Marina, CA
Jan. 8, 2019

Overtime is a choice. Some of us are interested in working overtime. Ask for it and state your price. It's important to be bold and open. If someone doesn't pay for overtime, my answer is simple NO.

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Donna in Cypress, TX
Feb. 8, 2019

If a family tells you they don't pay OT, then you must tell them you can't work OT without being compensated. You can not let families take advantage of you. How rude of someone to think that you are willing to work OT without being compensated. We don't work for Corporate America! We are not salaried workers. Even if you work for a salary, divide the salary by the work hours and that is your hourly rate of pay. Set the ground rules up front or you will end working for free and I for one DO NOT WORK FOR FREE. People will take advantage of others unintentionally, however you must not let them.

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It's NOT legal. Unless your live-in and agreed to work for a specific amount per week/month, that is not acceptable. I, myself, often pick up a few hours in the evening working with another family and if I had to stay at the first person's home I wouldn't be able to get to the other job, losing money and probably a nice little extra job. Lie to them if you need to and tell them you've had to pick up some extra hours later in the day because you need more money so they either need to pay you to stay longer or be home on time because you MUST leave. If they don't show up after on time and don't contact you as to why they are late, I'd call them at work or wherever and tell them you MUST leave so they need to come ASAP or get an emergency contact to come.

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Ask for advanced notice so you can plan.

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Monica in Wadsworth, OH
April 25, 2019

I can't find my messages and not alerted if I have any? Can someone please help?

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Belen in Rochester, NY
April 25, 2019

Great I needed a job at the last week of school. I work full time in the rcsd full time during the school year . Thanks . belen:)

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Lindsey in Conway, AR
April 25, 2019

Make sure that you are getting paid accordingly and do not be afraid to say no if you need a breath of fresh air

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User in Reseda, CA
May 4, 2019

Well sometimes they have asked me to stay and I have to stay, because if they need me I am to help them

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Kayla in Sandown, NH
April 26, 2019

i accept it im like idc more time to spend with the kids. i just let my parents know and they are fine with it.i love babysitting i hope to find a job soon nobody has answered me yet its odd.

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Beth in Glassboro, NJ
April 26, 2019

The Fair Labor Standards Act states that live-out nannies must be paid overtime (time and a half). Once you know your hourly pay, you can respond with something like, "So that means my overtime pay will be ___ (whatever the amount). Don't let employers take advantage of you. Find a sample nanny contract and write it to your specifications knowing that you may need to negotiate some aspects. Always put the agreement in writing, though!

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If someone tells you they are not paying overtime then you have the right to decline working for them. In this realm of work (babysitting, etc) I would simply state up front that you are not looking for more than 40 hours a week. Also state that if your hours were to go above the 40, your rate will be switched to XX amount of dollars. (You can do the usual time and a half.) Hope this helps!

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I worked for a company that treated me like that. I am ashamed to say I just put up with it.

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It's ok for me i will understand the job. sometimes need over time is fine for me.

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communicate your expectations, if you want to be paid over time

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Boundaries are very very important.

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If I have the time that's fine, we can always negotiate.

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I am open to overtime hours as I understand schedules at work, and life in general can be unpredictable for families!

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If asked to work overtime I will need at lease a half a day notice,depending on the kind of relationship I have with that person.

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Beata in San Pedro, CA
April 29, 2019

My name is Beata Wakulinska. Im interested in the nanny position you are offering. I have been a nanny for over 18 years and I have great references. I have reliable transportation, great driving record and CPR Certification. I look forward to speak with you. Thank you, Beata Wakulinska

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I would not work 60+ hours without being paid overtime in a "conventional job" so I would not accept that as a nanny. A bit extra, 5-10 hours more, seems reasonable but my time is valuable and I would not give it out without considering the situation everytime.

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Hi, my name is Lucrecia, my friends call me Mily, I have 18 years experience and excellent references from each of my previous employers. I care newborns up to 6 years, I'm very tidy, punctual, honest. I love children, I love pets. I love to go to the park, the museum, the library, explore new places, go to music class, etc. I also read books, tell the stories, singing, doing art & crafts, teaching them to care of plants, to love animals and I teach then Spanish. If you would like to know more about me, please contact me. thank you.

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If it's really an inconvenience, which it usually is (you also have a life), legal or not legal, you have a right to request overtime pay, or any sort of pay increase for these hours, and you also have the right to kindly refuse the extra time.

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In a contract, you have an overtime rate.

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Before you accept a job, write a contract or find a template online that references your state's laws regarding hours worked and pay. You can always negotiate with the family on the terms. It doesn't need to be 100% by the book as long as both sides are satisfied. If you are already in a position and you don't have a contract, ask the parents you want to discuss overtime pay and notice and set a time in advance. Come prepared with what pay you want and just tell them. If you don't like confrontation, email is ok too! Keep it nice and professional.

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If you are not a household employee it is legal. If you are considered a household employee then overtime is required.

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So, if you are getting paid "under the table" when doing these jobs then there is no way to regulate any policies as far as things such as over time and breaks go. When you are on a payroll and your hours and pay is being documented in the legal/business sense, then I do believe you have to get paid the over time rate (time and a half). Nonetheless, if you aren't overly happy about working over time and feel that you aren't being compensated well for your time then either discuss this with your employers, or decline the request/offer for working over 40 hours a week.

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They should compensate for overtime! Especially if it is a significant amount of hours. I would simply ask for a sit down with your family (kids parents) and simply explain how you feel and that you would like to discuss pay with overtime hours and that you feel compensation of some sort needs to be discussed.

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You're entitled to additional compensation for overtime. Nannies are not exempt federal employees.

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Cathy in Andover, NJ
May 11, 2019

I've read your question several times to make sure I understand what you're asking. 'What do you do if you are being asked to work OVERTIME?' Expect to get paid for time worked beyond your scheduled hours! Also, if you are paid 'on the books' and not CASH, your employer must abide by the labor laws.

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Nicole in Midland, MI
April 19, 2019

It is required to pay overtime if you work more than 40 hours a week and be paid no less than 1 1/2 times of your regular rate. It's the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Kimberly in York, PA
March 8, 2019

If your going through care.com i'm pretty sure they have to pay for the hours you work but i realized that they don't always go through the site and pay out of pocket or in checks. you would have to do more research about care.com to determine whether it's covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal wage and hour law that sets out the overtime rules. I hope this helps!

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If you don't agree to a salary pay then call and ask the wage and labor board. You don't have to tell them your name.

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Upon interview, I discuss early and late scenarios, so we are all agreed on what to do if this comes up.. So you are not feeling put on the spot and you can make a decision based on what works for your schedule. I teach people how I want to be treated, cuz most folks don't have a clue, nor should they assume or guess what you prefer.

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User in Weston, MA
Feb. 2, 2019

yes you should be getting overtime pay, if they are not your regular hours. and they need to give you notice, 24 hours in advance, so you may agree or not.

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don't overwork yourself if you don't feel comfortable doing so but at the same time this is what your being to do so I don't know

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I appreciate the overtime as long as it doesn't interfere.When you are caring fior anyone things happen that are out of our hands so I always leave a few hours before or after open every shift to expect the unexpected.

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Overtime when being paid cash (or just general pay without the formal taxes) for childcare is certainly not a guarantee. It's really important to discuss this type of thing and establish expectations together with the family prior to accepting a position so that everyone is on the same page. This includes expectations around whether or not you are willing or available to work overtime, how much notice you need when overtime is requested, and also if the family will pay you more than the normal rate for working the extra hours.

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It is totally up to you. Are you really willingly to work 60 hours? What does those 60 hours include? It is your body, your time, your brain working 60 hours and if you already know you don't want to do it in the slightest, you won't bring the best of yourself to the job anyways. Hope this helps!

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If you are working for a private family as opposed to a company, the rules are different.. I doubt if they are required to pay overtime. My feeling is that you should bring this subject up BEFORE you start working for them, and decide whether or not you're willing to work extra if they want to pay a flat salary per day/week/month/whatever.

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User in Media, PA
July 5, 2019

Yes it's legal to not pay overtime, but it's not fair. I would let the family know that your willing to work over 40 hours a week but you would need a higher pay for the hours over 40. Overtime is pretty standard. And if your not comfortable with the families options then look for something else.

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It's not legal to not pay overtime and you absolutely deserve to get paid for the hours worked and to set a cap on needed hours. It can be difficult when the family is in a difficult spot, but your needs as a caregiver matter, too and reminding the family of agreed expectations is necessary if you are not being compensated appropriately or working excessive hours for your schedule.

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If you feel that you are able to work that many hours, than go ahead!! I enjoy working overtime as long as I am able to and that I feel comfortable with it. if it conflicts with something going on in my life, than I politely tell them I cannot work that many hours or find a way to negotiate it in a way where it is fair to both myself and the employer.

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if you could work over time then tell the person your working for that you can and maybe ask for a couple dollars more or not up to the person that is taking the over time job, or if cant then tell them that you cant but if there are changes to let them know and keep updated.

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Andra in Morrow, GA
June 9, 2019

There are many instances where my employers may have emergencies which is normal however I would communicate to my employer that I expect to be paid for my time. If no compensation is offered or considered then I would respectfully decline any other overtime hours by explaining my time is valuable just as his/ her time is to them.

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If it is over 40 hours per week, it is illegal to refuse to pay overtime. Usually, those jobs are "salaried" and some of the parents try to use the salary as a loophole while others simply do not know better. If you're an energetic person who can reasonably sustain 60 hour weeks then I would accept the position if they are giving you reasonable compensation for overtime. I would ask about it during the interview, around when you're asking to get an idea of the weekly schedule. Best of luck!

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Kimberly in Minot, ND
March 9, 2019

If i was asked to work overtime past the 40 hr work pay, I myself would expect time and a half unless it was in the contract or agreement when i was hired. But above all if needed yes I would work the extra hrs if need be.

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I don't think you should ever hesitate to ask about overtime especially when it affects your life and pay. The more you know the more you will be comfortable with what you're doing.

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Hollie in Salem, MA
March 10, 2019

no it is not legal check your state labor laws online each state has that info

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If within your ability to work that much, do it. If not, at the beginning of the engagement, should stipulate your hours. Anything over that will be an additional charge of a few dollars more. Don't waver.

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Rhonda in Sanford, MI
July 14, 2019

I cannot answer your question as far as legalities go, but I do have some suggestions for you. First of all, when you interview be up front with what you need and expect from a family. That is the time to negotiate pay and to discuss over-time issues. You have to be your own advocate. I would also suggest that you and the prospective family work together to make a contract that you both feel is fair. If at any time you find that you are being taken advantage of, ask to set up a meeting with them to discuss the issue. If you have covered all these bases and the problem still persists, it's time for you to start looking for a position that suits you better. Good luck!

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User in Mebane, NC
May 14, 2019

Definitely start the conversation and make sure it is known that if you were to take overtime hours, you would like to be paid extra for it. I would feel free to bring up how overtime works at other jobs if you are approached with a negative response.

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If you are being paid cash or under the table then not much you can do, but if you are being paid professionally then they should be paying you time and a half for any overtime hours (which is any hours that typically exceed 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week).

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Tonya in Lemont, PA
April 21, 2019

These are conversations that need to take place prior to first day that child care services are provided to any new family AND also written into a contract signed by all parties. There is a nice nanny contract template on the Care.com website and several others available with a basic web search. It is fair and reasonable to request a salaried position that is higher than your normal hourly rate if a family has a varied scheduled where some days are shorter and others significantly longer. You can and should always define the limits to your availability, if you have them. If you make yourself available to a family at all times, your salary should reflect a significantly higher rate than average for the flexibility of your service. Additionally, it is fair and reasonable to expect families to pay time and a half for any hours worked past a normal 40 hour work week, if you are paid hourly. A family that does not pay time and a half will need to seek other care arrangements or work hours.

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Child care needs a lot attention to the children of which too much overtime is not necessary. It will be detrimental to me and the child.

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NO, sorry any hours worked it to be paid !! what on earth are these people thinking? I am sure they get paid at their job for the hours they work. That is unacceptable. Hours worked hours paid that is taking advantage of you. Time to move on if they don't want to pay for your hours you work .

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Vernice in Bushkill, PA
March 11, 2019

If I have no previous appointment I will work.

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I can't wait to tutor local children.

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if that's the case we might refuse politely. but it's case to case bases.

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Wendy in Cedar Park, TX
April 22, 2019

You set your own hours. If you can't work that many hours or don't want to, then don't. If they don't understand that, then it's time they find someone else. Especially if they aren't willing to pay for the OT. If they aren't willing to pay for the OT, when time is done, time is done. And don't EVER be afraid to ask about it. Customers like it when everything is up front and on the table.

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I would take the job and help the family out if they won't be able to make it home the night they ask I would be willing to help them.

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If you are an independent contractor I believe you are not covered by employment laws for overtime. As an independent contractor you must negotiate your contract up front with those you work with. For example Holidays, extended hours, mileage if you are travelling a distance to take someone to an appointment that might be well over 5 miles away. Again, you are the professional who must set the agreed arrangements prior to employment. Any professional person you are working for will understand this. Hopefully this will helps.

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Amy in Zuni, VA
April 22, 2019

Well, I'm not sure if your concern is the amount of time or the money. If it is time, I suggest you go week by week with your employer prior to the time. Look at your calendar and speak with employer and let him/ her know you are unable to do overtime for the next week or if you can only do a certain amount. That way it is already established on a week by week basis and you both know what to expect. If it is money, and this apparently is something that is upsetting to you, you must just be honest and share your feelings with your employer. I would find those kind of conversations uncomfortable but plan out what you want to say tactfully. If you cannot accept their terms, give them a respectful notice. Also, if you take a new job, make sure this is a subject you discuss up front before taking the job.

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I am not sure as to the legality of it, but you can always say that you do not do overtime, or you do overtime but only at an increased rate. Both options are completely acceptable.

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It all depends on the amount of overtime being asked to do. If you know you are capable of working a little extra then what's the harm.

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Samantha in Bristol, CT
April 22, 2019

Be honest and admit that you are being over worked. If you explain to the people you are caring for that you are very tired, and that you can not work those many hours, they should understand. If they are rude about it, you should look at caring for a family who also cares about you!

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I prefer not to drive after dark but emergencies are an absolute yes. Paying over time would depend on the situation and up to the parent.

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It is not legal, and yet most families who employ nannies do not pay overtime pay at the legal rate (only an estimated 30% do pay the legal rate). You should not accept an unfair an illegal pay rate. Unfortunately many nannies do which sets the bar low for expectations for all families who employ nannies and other staff.

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You should be getting paid by the hour, so you should be getting paid for working overtime.

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Be confidence and don't approach with any hostility whatsoever

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Elsa in Stamford, CT
Feb. 5, 2019

All this kind of question we have to ask in the interview, some families pay overtime other don't so is better to ask before you get the job and them you don't get confused

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User in Sarasota, FL
June 10, 2019

Whether or not you know your caregiver' (s)circumstances, try to give plenty of notice and time for them to make a decision they can commit to. If they have other known obligations (family/kids of their own, another job) they may need to make accomodations there in order to give you overtime care. If you're able to have financial flexibility in paying, it might be helpful to ask what overtime rate they would need in order to provide that extra coverage.

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#1 It is not legal to work OT with out pay. #2 It is up to you to make the boundaries clear of how many hours a week you are available to the family you work for. If they are not being reasonable and disrespecting your value then truly you need to look for other work. If you wish to stay and do not mind being asked to work OT, then you have to have a sit down and be clear about either hiring extra coverage or getting paid for it.

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Hmmmm... depending on where you live there may be laws against that. So, I would look into your state laws but you should definitely mention the vast amount of hours you have gone over and see if you two can come to a compromise. I know that that's easier said then done but you have to try!

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Jada in Highland, CA
June 27, 2019

Being asked to work overtime is not a problem, I would accept with no questions.

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I believe the key is to be up-front with what your expectations are during your very first meeting with a family. If you are interested in working overtime, let them know that this is something you can offer if they are willing to give you that time! If you feel like you are being taken advantage of (working overtime and not being paid for it) even after having that initial conversation, do let the family know that you don't feel the current situation is working. The sooner these conversations happen, the better! Then everyone is prepared. Hope this helps!

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If they tell you, they're not going to pay for your overtime, you are still able to work you're just volunteering your time at that point. If you are not sure if they pay for your overtime or would like overtime, never hesitate to ask. The worst anyone can say is no.

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Gina in Hemet, CA
Feb. 5, 2019

If a family request that you work overtime but do not want to compensate you for doing so you can simply say no. If it's a short time that they are asking of you due to having to work late or being stuck in traffic I would say work the overtime to help them out especially if you are in good standards with them.

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User in San Diego, CA
July 14, 2019

Sometimes parents find a good caregiver who is competent in watching their children and forget that as fun as nannying can be, it requires a considerable amount of not only physical labor but emotional labor. 60 hours a week is a significant chunk of time and it is work, so you deserve to be paid the amount you think you're worth. If you believe you deserve overtime hours, negotiate those wages with the family or turn down the offer. Sometimes the line between personal and professional can be blurred in this line of work, but ultimately as with any other job, you are required to be compensated for putting in hours beyond what was originally asked of you when you took the position. When the terms change, so does the consent, and therefore the income. Best of luck to you!

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Ainka in Shelton, CT
March 12, 2019

If I am being asked to work overtime, I will only do it if I am getting paid for it. It all depends on the situation.

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Nadia in Jamaica, NY
April 22, 2019

This is a touchy subject because in my experience employers don't pay fairly much pay overtime Just approach them if you think you can and just ask Only you know

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If you are being asked to work overtime in my experience the fact that they ask is a big deal, because sometimes employers will just keep you on the clock without notice and with kids it's NEVER ok to leave. It really depends on your availability I would not suggest as a student to other students to work overtime as it sets the precedent that you are available and flexible but with school you're really not. To summarize I think that caregivers should try their best to avoid working overtime; its important that caregivers are giving themselves care too so that we can give the appropriate attention to the children.

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User in Lexington, MA
March 12, 2019

I personally welcome the opportunity to make extra money but if its a routine request, I'd appreciate as much advance notice as possible so I could take it easy the morning before or make sure I go to bed on the early side so that I have the appropriate stamina needed for the job. If I didn't want the overtime, that's different. I would just say no.

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I will be more than glad in helping out if is a win/win situation. It is important to be in agreement before being hired. It is important some planning because all we have an agenda our own one commitments.

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When working independently with families, it's much different than working for a company. Do you want overtime? Many families do not pay overtime, and it's up to you to agree to take on the extra hours. Unless you have a contract, it is not illegal because you have agreed verbally to the hours. If you are looking to make overtime I would suggest you either asking for a contract which shows that or apply to a company which gives overtime. Either way, I wish you luck.

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It depends on the family if they compensate, I work with a family that compensate me.when l first started, did not know is not legal to pay nanny on salary basis, and l worked 60 hours a week the pay was not much but they compensate me. my mistake , l did not negotiate properly instead of hourly rate l accepted salary. please, be bold, ask and should be on contract signed.

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Kady in Norcross, GA
Feb. 6, 2019

I will be more than happy to work overtime. I never feel like working when I'm around children.

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i work over tme just to help

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Vaughn in Garland, TX
June 10, 2019

They shoud pay you by the hour so they should definitely pay you for overtime

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Find articles and blogs that back up your request for additional overtime pay. if they value you they'll value what you need and you can find a common ground

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Whenever I am doing overtime anything over 40 hours I request time and a half. It is something I talk to them about once they offer the position to me. If they don't want to pay overtime then I usually don't accept the job.

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Even though overtime is considered for additional income, it should not be detrimental to your health and that of the children you are taking care of. When you are tired you need to rest A few hours overtime is OK for effective work to be done.

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Tiffany in Bush, LA
March 12, 2019

I had to ask for overtime while working with a past employer. I was honest and I gave my reasons for requesting. I feel that if you have valid reasons for requesting the extra hours, than there should not be a problem. The number one thing is to be upfront and honest.

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User in Saint Paul, MN
April 22, 2019

It's certainly not ethical to not pay OT. I have learned to always always have specified hours where my hourly pay is set. Anything after/more than the time frame or # of hours that we agreed upon, will be additional (which that rate will also be pre-agreed before hire)... Especially if it's a last minute request to work late. ***The best way to have a conversation about overtime depends on your relationship with the parents. However, in general I would consider having a genuine conversation about 'what's so' (as in, what's on your mind in regards to the overtime situation), followed by your requests (additional pay and/or set hours, and/or whatever else you may have on your mind). And to keep in mind that they are completely unaware of your thoughts/feelings on the subject, unless you specifically did tell them (not hinting it, or sugar-coating it, or passively kind of saying it... That's a popular thing for people to do I've noticed in general. But that's not how people work (we are not mind readers. That's how confusion/miscommunication happens). I am so incredibly close to all the families I've worked for primarily because I have absolutely no problem saying what's so, which then provides the parents with a similar comfort to be able to say what's on their minds to me without worrying about upsetting anyone (I never take anything personally, because it never has to do with me). :-) Hope this helps at least a little.

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Just approach same way as if you were at a company paid hourly job. Acknowledge it up front what your pay expectations will be and it won't be "awkward" when it happens.

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User in Groton, CT
May 18, 2019

Families legally need to pay overtime, which is time and half for every hour worked over 40 hours in one week. However, if y'all aren't on the books, they can argue that they don't need to. I would have a sit down and let them know what you are feeling. If you are feeling over worked and may need a reduction in hours, or that if they would like to use your services for more than 40 (or whatever number you are comfortable with) that your rate will go up to X amount per hour.

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Beverly in Atlanta, GA
March 14, 2019

If you are not being compensated for overtime you do not have to work overtime. Care.com has an HR department that can better explain to you your rights in this case.

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I love to work, I really don't mind work overtime at all but yet get paid for my work and my time I believe that ever legal job after 40 hours it be came overtime and by the law should be paid as a overtime.

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My thoughts on working overtime if you are able to do it and they are paying you to do overtime then why not

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Lydia in Odessa, FL
May 19, 2019

i would love to help you where i can, please let me check my appointment calender first to make sure i dont have any appointments overlapping the time you are requesting, and then after i checked and perhaps i am not available ..then i immediately let them know my phone,text,etc but them know of an alternate date perhaps i could be of assistance

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To me, this is not legal, UNLESS you sign a contract stating that you are going to be paid on a salary-based way (which does not pay any OT). This is something that must be brought up before you accept the job. If the family is unable to pay the OT, talk to them about giving you paid time off, or a bonus, or something more.

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Erika in Bronx, NY
July 23, 2019

I excuse myself to make a phone call home, and stay the over time if i can.

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Kelly in Milford, MA
Feb. 7, 2019

Yes, 100%. That's a lot of work and you're spending your personal time doing this and deserve to be compensated for it. And I believe it's not legal because add up all the times you do it and don't get paid it's probably not legal. I know money is always an awkward conversation but you really need to do it.

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Christina in Orem, UT
March 14, 2019

You can always ask to get paid a little extra. 60 hours is a lot and so you deserve a little more pay for your extra work effort.

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User in Des Moines, IA
April 23, 2019

I don't know the legality, but I believe if overtime is agreed upon before you accept the position, then it is ok for them to not pay time & a half. I have worked numerous child care positions where I was not compensated time & a half for overtime. If you don't want to work overtime, then simply don't accept a position that asks for that many hrs worked.

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Katherine in Kent, WA
June 27, 2019

Overtime must be paid time and a half unless youve signed a waiver stating otherwise. Google your states labor and industries laws. They apply to nannying and bring that up to employer. Or simply decline the hours if they will not pay over time.

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Lainey in Peoria, AZ
May 19, 2019

I think that over time is good and bad in certain situations. If it is needed then it is okay to ask. If not then you should not be required to be paid.

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You should always be paid for your work. Make it clear that you will not do any extra hours if you are not being paid. They have jobs and they get paid when they have to do overtime. If you get paid a weekly rate offer them a hourly rate for any extra time. If you get paid an hourly rate offer them a weekly rate that includes any possible overtime and just state for that rate you will make yourself available. People will pay for convivence. Never let anyone take advantage. You are providing them with a service and should be paid accordingly. Do not feel insecure about asking for what you deserve. They would never work for free at their jobs. If they say no quit because they do not value your service and you should value yourself enough to walk away.

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Mya in Holyoke, MA
March 15, 2019

I would do it!

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I would just say if you're very interested in overtime to maybe just throw it out there and see what they would have to say about it even if you are working a lot of hours it doesn't mean that you can't work more if you're okay with it. And also I think that it is illegal if they're not paying you the fees for overtime because I think it is a law that if you work more than 40 hours per week anything over that is time and a half I believe.

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I'm ready and prepare to face challenges! Let's do this!! I like to see any situation as an opportunity to grow.

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Jordan in Acworth, GA
June 11, 2019

talk to your employer and find out more detail. If still unhappy with out come start looking for other jobs.

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Silmery in Austin, TX
March 16, 2019

I can work overtime when I have been warned before with enough time. I also would work 45 - 50 hrs of overtime if I am being paid according with the law. Overtime would be when family has an emergency or special situation.

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User in Kenosha, WI
June 11, 2019

Firs, it is not legal to not pay overtime. After 40 hours they should be paying you overtime. To approatch the matter I would just make it sound more like you want a review on how the family and yourself think everything is going. Kind of like a yearly review. During this you can just slip the conversation in. " I was also wondering about overtime, I understand we have'nt really been keeping track of it but I would really appreciate it if we could start. Maybe we can come up with a fair compensation that works for the both of us? "

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This is not a problem at all, as long as you getting pay for it. I have done lots of overtime in my past employment and I always get paid. Overtime without pay, is not acceptable from any employees.... We all deserve to be paid for the work we performed...and this should be paid "time and a half"...

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User in Jamaica, NY
Feb. 7, 2019

In my opinion. If you are at an hourly job then the family pays every hour that you are working. If its a salary job then discuss with your employer about the overtime and neg a pay rate for any additional ours.

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User in Bloomington, IL
March 16, 2019

I have been in the same boat as you are. Childcare jobs don't always work the same as a regular job. Unless you are employed through an agency it is not required by law to provide overtime. I work 73 hours a week and I get paid salary. It helps to establish these demands before employment. A lot of families will take advantage of you if you do not demand these terms in the beginning. If you are referring to a job you are already employed with then I would respectfully have a talk regarding your concerns. I have learned that it is better to bring up the terms of overtime before hire. Not a lot of families will offer it for the simple reason that it can get pricey.

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Jessica in Tampa, FL
July 7, 2019

As long as it does not interfere with my work schedule it is perfectly understandable.

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Emily in Norwalk, CA
May 20, 2019

This is definitely a tricky situation to be in with a family but the easiest way to avoid the confusion in the future is stating your terms up front. Some families will even offer to draw out a contract or at least agree on certain terms. If you feel you should be paid more for overtime (Which is a reasonable request especially at 60 hours a week) it's important to lay that out in the beginning. That way there is no grey area in the future. In the end, there is always the option of saying no to overtime if you don't feel you are being properly compensated. You can communicate this in a respectful and reasonable way by speaking to the family directly and explaining your side calmly and clearly.

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I would gladly accept it, things gets in the way so running late can always happen! I wouldn't mind going home at a later time!

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1.5x normal pay

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It depends how much over time, if its like over an hour I would charge a couple extra, but if its 30 min-1 hr I wouldn't charge.

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I am perfectly fine with that as long as my schedule is open for those times.

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For me, it would depend on if they are taking taxes out or not. If they are paying cash, I would not ask for overtime pay. If they are taking taxes out, I would approach them about overtime pay. In any other job where taxes are taken out, your employer would give you overtime pay.

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I feel that it is fair that they pay hourly.

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Depending on the family i usually stay and work those hours for free, but most times i ask to be paid for any over time.

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well , that is between you and your employer! they should at least compensate you for all that extra time!

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