Time clock usage and docking pay

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Time clock usage and docking pay

My employer decided that our gate that we badge in
and out of for security they are now going to use as a
time clock and dock employees according to those
gate times. We can not see the time on the
computer from where we scan our badge to exit the
plant. Can my employer do this ?

Asked on August 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no inherent right to see a clock when you clock in; the employer's obligation is to keep accurate time records, but it can do so using automatic scanning mechanisms that don't display the time to you. The solution, however, is simple: check your watch or the time on your phone when you clock in/out. Keep a record. Compare the number of hours you are paid for vs. the number of hours you record. Ignore trivial differences--those are likely just small, meaningless discrepancies in your and the company's time pieces. But if you notice larger discrepancies, especially resulting in you being underpaid, you may wish to file a complaint with your state department of labor: employers *must* pay employees for all hours worked.


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