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An employer is only legally obligated to pay overtime when an employee is not salaried exempt and they work more than 40 hours in a week. Overtime (or really, premium pay) based on working off shifts like weekends or holidays is entirely voluntary.
An employer is not legally obligated to treat everyone the same in this regard, provided that the difference in treatment is not based on race, religion, gender, age, disability or recent medical leave use.
Paying premium pay for a specific shift only in a specific work location doesn't violate any of these principles, because there isn't a law against location discrimination.
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There is no rule that says an employer can't pay "overtime" any time they want. The law on overtime doesn't restrict in that way.
It just dictates when an employer MUST pay overtime, not when they can personally choose to in other situations that wouldn't necessarily qualify for overtime.
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