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Ways employers could steal workers’ wages

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2023 | Blog, Wage And Hour Violations

Many workers put in long hours to make ends meet. At the end of a pay period, these laborers have the right to receive the due amount of wages for the time they spend at work.

However, employers may look for ways to save money by underpaying employees, which is unfair and illegal. Workers should watch out for the following tactics companies could use.

Adjusting payroll records

The payroll department might change time records to shorten shifts and decrease payouts. A common reason for this is to bring workers below the overtime pay threshold.

Companies might try trimming a few minutes off many employees’ shifts. The accumulated time can become hours of unpaid work and equate to hundreds or thousands of dollars that remain in the company accounts. Regardless of how small the amount is, secretly altering a time card is illegal and could bring consequences against an employer.

Misclassifying workers

A company may attempt to label hourly workers as managers and pay them a predetermined salary to avoid overtime compensation. However, federal and state laws set income thresholds for a person’s earnings before a business can classify the individual as a manager that is exempt from overtime pay.

Mandating off-the-clock work

A company might also try to get employees to work when they have not clocked in. A supervisor cannot ask a worker to stick around to complete additional tasks after clocking out, nor can they request an hourly worker to handle a company errand while off the clock on the way home. Mandatory staff meetings or social functions are not permissible unless hourly employees receive compensation for the time.

A deceptive company might use various methods to rob employees of wages. Workers should monitor their paychecks closely to resolve any discrepancies.

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