Some employers ask (or demand) that their employees underreport hours in order to avoid paying overtime. This may include not reporting time for the following:
- Pre-shift tasks or post-shift cleanup
- Donning and doffing required work gear
- Time to boot up and shut down computers
- Logging a full lunch hour when an employee performed work duties during that time
- Work performed before clocking in or work performed after clocking out
- Waiting on cargo to be loaded in and/or out of trucks
If an employer asks you to underreport your work hours, it is a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Employees are legally required to be paid for all work performed that benefits the employer. If your employer asks or demands that you underreport your hours, they are in violation of the law and you are potentially owed back wages.
Encouraging the underreporting of hours, falsification of time sheets, and submitting false information to union pension and benefit funds is wage theft. Contact us today, and we can begin fighting for what you have rightfully earned.