Is it legal for a employer make me turn in a time sheet at the beginning of a pay period instead of the end?

I’m in a government retraining program scsepand the
ncba administers the program. They have admitted that
they are having a hard time with the paperwork. And now
want time sheets before the work has done. I don’t think
that legal is it?

Asked on August 30, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you are paid according to the time sheet, then this is not legal. The labor laws require that accurate records be kept for hourly staff, and that such staff be paid for the hours actually worked. If you turn in the time sheet in advance, that is not happening: unless you just happen to work exactly the predicted amount, then the record will not be accurate and you will not be paid for the actual hours worked.
If you are salaried exempt and not paid based on time, and your employer wants the sheets for some other purpose (to bill clients; to allocate resources; for accounting purposes), then they can require it in advance.

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