deducting time from time cards

in the state of missouri, are employers allowed to automatically deduct time from your time card for a 30 minute lunch break even if you get the break or not or should employees be clocking out and in for these breaks.

Asked on June 27, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Every state is different.  If you are hourly and only hired to work a certain amount of hours, then not clocking out is inappropriate and may or could be considered theft - i.e., you are stealing that 30 minutes from your employer for time you got a break but didn't clock out.

You should contact the Missouri Dept of Labor and then consult with an attorney in your state.  Try and check his or her record at the Missouri State Bar.

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