If my employer is not tracking my hours/paying me correctly, can they legally put the responsibility on the me to keep track of it?

UPDATED: Oct 2, 2022

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If my employer is not tracking my hours/paying me correctly, can they legally put the responsibility on the me to keep track of it?

The company I work for has a sign-in, sign-out sheet that the employees do not have access to after the end of the current workday, and employees frequently end up with missing time out of their paycheck. Our higher up manager sent out an email saying we had to keep track of the times they entered to make sure they match and if they don’t we have to send them the specific date/times, and copy of the pay slip by the following Monday we get paid on Friday.

Asked on August 21, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It's not that they are putting the responsibility on you, since they are in fact tracking time; rather, they are giving you an opportunity to double check their records and submit any necessary corrections. That is not illegal, and an employee could elect to not do the double check and simply rely on the employer's time records.

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