I just started a new job last month, and found out that my new employer does time clock rounding to the nearest 15 minutes (rounding in favor of the employer). My schedule has me starting at 7am and going home at 3:30pm. We do not clock out for lunch... the time clock automatically deducts 1/2 hour from the time worked. My employer does not want us to clock in before 6:46am, becuase if we do, then they have to pay us from 6:45 to 7am. If we clock in at 6:46, the time clock rounds our hours up to 7am. When we leave, the time clock rounds our hours back to the nearest 15 minutes. If we clock out at 3:35pm, we are paid as if we clocked out at 3:30pm. If we clock out at 3:59pm, we are paid as if we clocked out at 3:45pm.
For example, I clocked in at 6:46am, and clocked out at 4:09pm. By my calculations, that comes to 9.38 hours, minus the 1/2 hour lunch, equals 8.88 hours worked. I was only paid for 8.5 hours worked. Another day I clocked in at 6:51am & clocked out at 4:16pm. That puts me at 9.42 hours, minus 1/2 hour lunch, equals 8.92 hours worked. I was only paid for 8.75 hours. Is this legal in California, time clock rounding in favor of the employer? Thanx.