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Payroll records: Fine-tune exempt, nonexempt timekeeping

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THE LAW. Federal wage-and-hour laws don't require you to have a time clock, but they do require you to have a reliable system to keep track of employees' hours and pay accurately. Just filling in "9 to 5" every day won't cut it.

Companies subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must keep records for both nonexempt and exempt employees. The regulations don't say which type of recordkeeping methods you should use, but they do specify the necessary data you need to maintain on all employees, exempt and nonexempt.

You can use various timekeeping methods as long as they track the information required by law. And you can use different methods for different workers, say, time clocks for nonexempt workers and paper for exempt staff.

In addition to federal rules, some states have their own mandates for keeping and storing records. And your state requirements are separate from the federal FLSA, one doesn't override th...(register to read more)

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