Q. Is it illegal for managers to change the time sheets of employees—either exempt or nonexempt—if they neglect to indicate a day off, etc.?
A. It would be illegal to alter an employee’s time sheet to avoid paying money the employer owes the employee. If an employee forgot to indicate a day off, it sounds like a change would be in order to accurately reflect the employee’s time.
However, the employee should be the one either to redo the time sheet or at least to sign off on the change, rather than the manager. That protects the manager from possibly violating a company policy about altering company records, and also protects against potential claims from the employee that he or she in fact worked the time and was cheated out of pay.