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Can your accounting department legally adjust your clocked hours?
You guys may remember me from a month or so back asking about how to ask for a raise. We employees have a new problem now at the same employer.
About a month ago a memo went out that employees were not allowed to "make up" time for being late, meaning if your shift starts at 0700am and you clock in at 0708am (since all payroll is rounded to the nearest 15 minutes) you lose out on 15 minutes of pay, you cannot stay an extra 8min (15min) at the end of your shift to make up for it. Coupled with the fact that we have repeatedly been told that overtime is not permitted at all, so if you are on time and clock out late, that is not permitted either.
Well up until about a month or so ago, they were pretty lax with this, my job sometimes gets really busy right before my shift ends and sometimes I can't clock out right when I supposed to, sometimes I don't get to clock out until 15 minutes, sometimes 30 minutes after my shift is supposed to end. So the accounting department has announced that if for any reason you need to stay late beyond your shift end time, you need a written note from management explaining why you clocked out late to be eligible/considered getting paid for it. What they are doing right now, is if you do not have that note, the accounting department will go into the time logs, and manually edit peoples time clock-out's to when they were supposed to clock out, meaning if I clocked out 30min past my shift, they will edit the clock records and change it so I clocked out at the time I was supposed to clock out at.
My question - is this legal? Do employers have the right to do this? I'm in Washington State if that matters.