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Rein in Rogue ‘Early-Clockers’

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in Leaders & Managers,Performance Reviews

Q. We've repeatedly warned a part-time employee about clocking in earlier than he's supposed to, sometimes more than an hour early. We know that we have to pay him for any hours worked, but what can we legally do to get him to work only the hours set for his position? —L.K., Missouri

A. You are correct in that employees must be paid for all time they work. But you should have a clear attendance policy that says employees must work their scheduled shifts, and no more. If employees work unscheduled hours, you can discipline them in almost any way other than by withholding pay. For example, you could alter the employee's next schedule by giving fewer hours. Or you can turn to your progressive discipline policy, starting with a written reprimand, then suspension and even dismissal. Remember, you are in charge, not the part-timer. You have the right to determine how and when work is done. 

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