If you are paid by the hour and eligible for overtime pay, employers may sometimes require you to be at work early and complete tasks before clocking-in, or do some work after clocking-out. This is done to avoid paying overtime for this work. Examples include any “prep” work or tasks before your shift, or post-shift tasks such as cleaning up. You may also have unpaid meal breaks routinely interrupted to perform work. If so, you are usually entitled to pay for that entire meal period. Regarding work breaks generally, under the law, all breaks of 20 minutes or less in time have to be compensated. Also, some employers may ask you not to report all time, or they shave-off time reported. These tactics by employers deny employees their regular and overtime pay.