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Were you on an hourly rate or a salary?
Hi there sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. The starting point is that under law there is no automatic right to be paid for working overtime. Many jobs have a contracted number of hours and the employees are required to work extra hours as and when required for no additional pay. Solicitors are a perfect example – we are mostly salaried and contract to work the usual 37.5-40 hours a week but often end up working a lot more than that and receive no additional pay whatsoever. So to be entitled to receive overtime there must have been a specific contractual right for this. The fact that no contract was issued simply means that you did not have the right to be paid for any overtime, unless it was agreed otherwise separately.
What you do have the right for in the circumstances is to be paid the minimum wage for the actual hours you have done So you need to calculate all the ours done and the pay received for them and work out an average hourly rate. This rate must be at least at the minimum wage rate, otherwise you would have the right to receive extra pay to bring it up to that rate However, it does not entitle you to get normal remuneration for the hours worked just because you ended up working them. The only way to guarantee payment would have been to have the contractual right to be paid for overtime or to have specifically agreed with the employer in advance that they will pay you for them.
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