Is it legal if my boss is making me sign a paper detailing how many hours I worked and how much in tips I received during a shift?

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Is it legal if my boss is making me sign a paper detailing how many hours I worked and how much in tips I received during a shift?

My boss is implementing something new and is making all employess sign a sheet

a paper with their name, total hours worked during the shift, and how much in tips

we collected each, then followed by our signature. What is the purpose of this

and can it hurt the employee? The boss has never done this before so why would

he start doing this in the first place?

Also I received a small bonus for Christmas, he informed me that he was not going

to report it but yet he still made me sign a piece of paper.

Asked on January 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Regardless of the purpos, so long as you are being paid all wages due you, then you must sign this paper. The fact is that most employment is "at will". This means that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. Accordingly, unless this action violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract or in some way constitues some form of legally actionable discrimination (which it does not appear to), your employer's request is legal. 

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