Can a manager change the times on an employees timecard?

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Can a manager change the times on an employees timecard?

I recently found out that my manager changed the times on my time card. For 2 days I worked over 5 hours without a lunch. One of those days I worked from 6pm to 1:30am without a lunch and she changed my times to 6 pm to 11 pm and tried to add hours another day to compensate for the time she took off. I requested a copy of my time punches and because of the changes to my time card, I was cheated out of 2.3 hours of meal penalty. This was for the week ending on Christmas Eve. Until today, I still have not received the money for those hours that they owe me. My employer is currently under a lawsuit for the same reason by another employee.

Asked on February 1, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, a manager may not do this. The labor laws require that employees keep accurate records of employee time. They also require that hourly employees be paid for all hours worked (and overtime, when they work more than 40 hours in a week). From what you write, your manger violated the labor law; you could potentially sue the employer for the money, and/or file a complaint with your state department of labor. Good luck.


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