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Punch in, punch out: State appeals court allows time clock rounding

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

by Jack Sholkoff, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, Los Angeles

If you use a time clock, you probably also use a rounding method so employees who clock in a little early or clock out slightly late are only paid for their scheduled time. The presumption is that over time, employees will clock in both early and late.

Fortunately, a recent California appeals court decision sanctions this common-sense practice and doesn’t punish employees who round up or down 10 minutes, as long as over time, employees are paid for all work performed.

How the system worked

See’s Candy Shops uses a timekeeping software system called Kronos to record its employees’ work hours. (See’s Candy Shops, Inc. v. Superior Court, No. D060710, Cal. App. 4th, 2012). Under the system, employees must punch in at the beginning and punch out at the end of their shifts, and also before and after lunch breaks. Kronos shows the actual time to the minute that employees use the...(register to read more)

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