Voting 2-1, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that overtime must be paid on time — no later than the next paycheck after wages are computed — but that employers must be given a chance to present a “good faith” defense to claims of delay.

The ruling in Brooks v. Village of Ridgefield Park, a class action brought by police officers who said they were paid overtime only twice a year, was a victory for both sides.

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