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Time Cards for Salaried Non-Exempt Employees

Are salary non-exempt employees required to submit time cards?

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.

Under the FLSA, employees are either non-exempt or exempt.

Non-exempt employees must be paid for all hours worked and are subject to overtime and minimum wage requirements prescribed by the FLSA. Conversely, exempt employees receive a fixed predetermined salary and are excluded from overtime pay provisions.

Salary and hourly paid are compensation terms. Though uncommon, a non-exempt employee can be paid a salary each workweek.

Under the FLSA, employers are required to maintain certain records for non-exempt employees. The same requirements apply to salaried non-exempt employees. Records must include hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek.

The FLSA doesn’t require a specific timekeeping method be used; thus, there is no legal requirement that non-exempt employees must submit timecards. However, the employer must have some timekeeping method in place to record non-exempt employees’ hours worked. So, an employer may require non-exempt employees, even salaried ones, to submit timecards in order to comply with the FLSA record keeping requirements.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 12:37 pm and is filed under
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