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Timecard Adjustments OK

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Q. Our employees punch a time clock and then go to job sites. Sometimes they don't take a lunch break. But when they do, they're unable to clock out and back in, so there's no time record. Can a manager adjust the timecard by marking through the daily total and deducting the lunch time? –A.P., Virginia

A. If an employee's lunch break constitutes a bona fide meal period, your manager may adjust the employee's timecard accordingly. To avoid potential problems, have your employees initial their timecards to verify the accuracy of the manager's adjustments. Remember: For a meal period to be off the clock, it must be at least 30 minutes long.

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