A new paper in the American Business Law Journal has found that software used for tracking employees’ work hours is keeping them from getting the pay they deserve. The sources of theft: University of Oregon associate professor Elizabeth Tippet found three ways time tracking programs can be used to steal from workers:
Rounding: The software adjusts work times into nice, clean, usually 15-minute increments. That can short workers a few minutes a day, which adds up over time.
Automatically deducting breaks: Half-hour breaks are removed from employees’ time, even if the break wasn’t taken. This is especially harmful to medical professionals, who often spend free moments with patients.
Time shaving: This is the most egregious. Some supervisors manually reduce the number of hours worked on an employee’s timesheet. It’s illegal, but it’s also hard to spot.
The solution:Tippet recommended banning automatic break deduction, and asking the government to impose large fines in cases of time shaving. If nothing is done, hourly workers will continue to lose out.❞
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