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Aug13

Can employer dictate timesheet?

At our company, workers are exempt, though they can earn comp time up to a limit for working more than 45 hours a week. Our bosses have asked that employees who have already hit their comp time limit put 40 hours on their time sheets, regardless of how many hours they work. Is it appropriate for an employer to direct exempt employees to fill out timesheets inaccurately, if it doesn’t affect their compensation?

The record keeping requirements under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) apply to non-exempt employees only. Though it’s permissible for employers to require exempt employees to track hours worked via time sheets, the FLSA doesn’t provide much guidance in doing so.

Time sheets serve as verification of paying an employee appropriately. Thus, time sheets should represent an accurate and honest report of time worked, regardless of the employee’s FLSA classification. Knowingly providing false information on a time sheet may constitute fraud.

It’s best practice to instruct employees to accurately record their hours worked. An employer is able to limit the amount of comp time employees can accrue and should communicate comp time policies to all affected employees.

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