Can an employer charge an employee for being late for work?

If so how much can they charge? My husband’s employer is charging employees for being late for work. He is an hourly paid manager and would be charged $5 per minute for being late while other employees that make $1 an hour less are only being charged $1 per minute. I am aware that these charges are illegal in some states.

Asked on November 6, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have described as to the charging by an employer to an employee for being late to work is a labor code violation and not allowed. If this is happening to you, then you should speak with your employer about it and if not resolved, make a complaint with your local labor department.

An employer can dock wages to an hourly employee for being late to work. However, before such an extreme result happens, the employee who is habitually late is typically warned about the possible outcome and written up about it.

Good luck.

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