Can my employer change my times worked without my permission

We have to hand write in our times
worked. I’ve been noticing that they
always add hours after we sign and my
sheet has white out all over. Some of
those times it takes away my overtime.

Asked on April 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, an employer may *not* do this. Under the wage laws (e.g. the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA), employers must keep accurate time records and must pay employees for all hours worked (and for overtime, when applicable--e.g. the employee works more than 40 hours in a week). If an employer fails to do this (e.g. changes timesheets or deletes hours), you may have a wage and hour complaint: if you do, speak to the federal or your state department of labor. You can potentially recover compensation for all the hours, including overtime hours, you should have been paid for but weren't.

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