Control of Overtime: A Department Manager's Never-Ending Task: PDF OnlyControl of Overtime: A Department Manager's Never-Ending TaskMcConnell, Charles R.Author Information Human Resource Consultant; Ontario, New York Source: Adapted from “Keeping Overtime under Control” in The Health Care Supervisor's Guide to Cost Control and Productivity Improvement. Aspen Systems Corporation © 1986 Charles R. McConnell. The Health Care Manager: March 2001 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 70-82 Buy Abstract Overtime is an organizational necessity that is misused or abused as often as it is applied appropriately. As an element of labor cost it is sometimes seen as an extra expense to be avoided by all means, yet there are times when overtime is the best response to a particular need. The determination and payment of overtime are dictated by provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal wage and hour legislation that governs a number of aspects of employment. Overtime is often taken for granted, and it can readily go out of control. It is the task of the department manager to maintain control of overtime, adhering to a budget and taking active steps to ensure that only essential overtime is approved and worked. ©2001Aspen Publishers, Inc.