The city of Akron will have to sell bonds to cover a $985,000 settlement with two former workers in the permits and plans division. The employees sued after the city destroyed a cache of the women’s time sheets showing comp time owed for extra hours they worked.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in March 2006 that the 860 time sheets were individual documents, meaning the city also had to pay fines of $1,000 per time sheet.
Advice: Keeping casual time records or allowing employees to build up comp time in exchange for extra hours might have worked 20 years ago, but today they can add up to a million-dollar headache. Treat weekly time sheets as official documents, and keep pay up to date.