Rounding Time

December 7th, 2012 by JBWK

Employers rounding hourly employees’ time has reared its head recently, leading to many valid questions. Obviously, the most important one is whether the practice is legal.

The Department of Labor allows rounding time as long as it “averages out over a period of time.” So employers can round hourly employees’ time to the nearest 15 minutes on every clock-in/clock-out and still be on solid footing.

They just have to make sure it doesn’t have an unfair effect–for example, forcing employees to clock in or out at times that would round down every day instead of letting them clock in and out at natural times that would even out over time.


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