Employer Required To Give Proof of Hours Worked?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about print outs of hours:

Is it ok for your boss to refuse you a time card or any kind of print out for your hours worked?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

State laws vary regarding the way employers track hours worked. I suggest you go to the Internet and look up the department of labor for your state. Then, look for employer requirements. Or, there might be a search box where you could research it. Or, you may want to call the DOL in your state and ask about it. There are no requirements for time cards specifically, but some require some employers to provide a record of hours worked, along with the pay check, when employees are part-time or work sporadically.It’s important to note that many of those state regulations do not apply to small businesses, so your work may not come under the guidelines.

If the company is a good-sized one, go to HR or other personnel section and ask them about how your time is recorded.I would assume you feel that you are not being credited with your full number of hours worked. You may want to start keeping a record of your own. For example, if you have access to email, send yourself an email when you arrive and again when you leave. Or, make a written record that is visible in your work space–like a calendar on which you write arrival and departure time every day.

Better yet, build a relationship with your boss that is based on mutual trust to do the right thing. If you are an excellent employee he will want to keep you, and doing you out of money won’t achieve that. If you trust him, you’ll feel confident about your pay.Right now, you may want to talk to other employees to see how they handle their time keeping. Don’t complain and gripe—that will get back to the boss. Just ask them if they have been shorted on time, how they have prevented it or what they did if it happened. Hopefully you and your boss will come to an understanding about how time keeping is supposed to be done, and the relationship will improve as well.Best wishes to you.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.