Can my employer dock my pay for clocking out 3 minutes early off a job at the end of the day?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you are an hourly employee, your employer does not need to pay you for any time--even three minutes--that you did not work, so it could "dock" your pay for 3 minutes (that is, for 1/20 of your hourly pay). It may not dock you more than that; on the other hand, if you do not have an employment contract, you are an employee at will and so could be suspended, demoted, or fired for leaving early, if you employer wants.

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