You and Overtime: A Love (/Hate) Story

A big concern for employees and employers alike is overtime – making sure it’s calculated properly, that it’s kept in check and that it’s paid out properly. Don’t worry, we know that too! So here are some quick tips and tricks to be sure that your overtime calculations are correct each pay-period, as well as some clarification about how it’s calculated.

First, you want to make sure that your Week Start day and your Pay-Period are set to match. This means that when TSheets asks you to set a day for your week to start, you want it to agree with the day you’ve set that your pay-period closes.

Week Start Day
Pay-Period Settings.


For example, if you run a bi-weekly payroll schedule that closes every other Friday, you want to make sure that your week starts on Saturday and ends on a Friday. If your weeks don’t match, then overtime won’t be calculated correctly.

Those of you with a Semi-Monthly or Monthly pay-period, you probably don’t have the luxury of having a clean full week at the end of each pay-period. If your pay-period ends halfway through a week, all of the overtime hours for that week will be calculated into the next pay-period, not the current one. A good rule of thumb here is that we can’t calculate overtime for a week that hasn’t ended yet because it hasn’t ended yet, so wait until the next pay-period which has the end of the week included for those overtime hours to be included.

Clear as mud, right? Overtime can be pretty tricky, but if you follow the above guidelines, you can rest assured knowing that it’s all taken care of for you by TSheets.

Learn more about how TSheets makes it easier to manage costly overtime. Try us FREE for 14 days!

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