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    can somebody help me please? My employer has decided that if we punch in even 1 minute late, we will get docked for 15 minutes. For example, if I punch in at 7:31 I won't paid until 7:45. That doesn't seem fair.

  • #2
    Punching in Late

    This is illegal, per the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law governing pay. You can read more about FLSA at the following website:

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
    Lillian Connell

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    • #3
      Thank you very much for your help. I couldn't find exactly what I needed on that website, so maybe the question put differently will help. Are employers allowed to count time worked by the quarter hour? And if so, I am supposed to punch out at 4:00. If I punch out at 4:05 why do I only get paid until 4:00?


      • #4
        time clock woes

        I live in Texas. Our time clock is set up the same way...if we punch in at 7:46am we don't get paid until 8:00am, if we punch out at 4:59pm we only get paid until 4:45pm, if we punch out at 5:14pm, we only get paid until 5:00pm . It's set in 15-minutes increments...we never get compensated for the extra minutes. I couldn't find anything specific about timeclock on the Federal Labor Law site. Please help.


        • #5

          Rounding hours is acceptable, but not the way your employer is doing it.
          Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.


          • #6
            kb1, posting your question once is enough.

            I'd prefer you to post your own question rather than tacking it onto someone else's thread, but whichever you do, do only one. You did both. Just, one, okay? Keeps all the info together.
            The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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