If you are hourly and work in the US, you are supposed to get paid overtime for those hours over 40 hours a week. I'm sure your boss thinks she is being nice to you by paying you for a 40 hour week when you don't work one, but you may still be losing money that you have rightfully earned.
I don't want to get this thread closed by discussing legal stuff. I strongly recommend that you look into this. One place to start is:http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/minwage.htm. Also here:http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/index.htm
I am not an accountant. But the business practices in your agency, as you have reported them, are concerning, even to me.
Yes--and you are NOT supposed to slide 5 hours from Week 1 to Week 4. That's not the point of overtime pay. The point of overtime pay is to compensate you for the damage done to your life in Week 1 by working such a large number of hours.
I would *never, never, never* do that to the hourly people I employ (and I employ a ton of them!!)
I will do it to a staffer, because it's part of the expectation. It's not just that I -do- pay them for the hours they -don't- work in Week 4. But staffers get benefits, and they get the professional credibility that comes with a full-time job. They get paid vacations.
I think you should also start *taking control of* things like "this is how I want us to record the money at the event"--step up and take charge.
You don't need to say "I read it on the Internet." It's OK to say, "I'm not comfortable with this--we need to document everything--you're taking cash out of the drawer? Here's a sticky note, write down how much you took, what it's for, and initial & date it, please--then bring me back the receipt so I can staple it on."
(before the next event, prep for that sort of thing by including a set of post-its, or a notebook, and a pen, and a stapler, and an envelope labeled "receipts from the event." And maybe even about $200 to go into that envelope, given to your boss, with her initials on the outside where you've written: "for boss, day-of spending: $200." That would keep the confusion about what SHE does away from the larger amount of money that's receipts of the day.)
[as for discounted tickets--can you get a hole punch with a dot catcher for everyone selling, and they punch the discounted tickets, and you count the dots? Maybe too fiddly]
There are lots of reasons you can give for insisting on this sort of simply, basic accounting-of-money: "It takes us so long to sort it out later"; "it will make the auditor's job SO much easier"; "it'll be hard to remember exactly what we did when we're settling up later." If you get resistance, then you can say, "I have to put my name behind any of the reports we file with the auditor, so please do this my way."
AND...think what you'll learn, and how much more powerful you'll be at your next interview if you can say, "I instituted clearer record-keeping by figuring out what the most common sorts of carelessness was and setting up procedures to keep them under control. I created a 'receipts during the event' kit, and I started setting up the two cash drawers the day ahead. I found a way to keep track of which tickets were sold at a discount and which weren't."
And the next time Boss asks you to stop doing something to help Betty, stall. Say, "I'd really like to finish this thing I'm on--I find it hard to focus, and I'd like to stick with this."
Also, your boss may not be a crook, but she may know that she's handling the money a bit cavalierly, and she's defensive.
She's also defensive because she knows you're right about Betty. I had something similar happen; one of my staffers said, "that shouldn't be our work," even though I'd just pretty much volunteered us. At my OLD job, it *would* be our work, so I didn't stop to think about the bigger divides between departments. I didn't really like how it felt to have him question my decision. I felt really defensive. But he was right. (And I would still volunteer us to help, since we had spare time.)
So, since she was already feeling defensive over the money thing, add in the Betty thing, and that was her mindset. And as we've all heard, the best defense is a good offense.
I agree that no matter how nice she *seems*, she isn't a grownup. And she hasn't figured out how to be "business"--she only knows "social."