Have you ever had an employee turn in his or her timecard showing a few hours of unauthorized overtime worked? This is a very common issue for payroll to encounter. You have a policy in your handbook that requires manager authorization before working any overtime hours, but an employee works the hours without preapproval anyway and now wants to get paid for them. In this situation, as frustrating as it might be, you do have to pay that employee for the overtime that he or she worked. Then, using your policy that requires pre-authorization of overtime, you can discipline that employee for violation of the policy. In the end, this is a disciplinary issue and not a payroll one.