The law says hourly workers should be paid for every hour of work, whether it is “approved” or not. So, what are bad employers to do when payroll costs get too high? Among other things, they work their employees “off-the-clock.” That's wrong!

Traditionally, the most common examples of off-the-clock work involved (1) demanding that hourly workers under-report their work time, and (2) employees being told to “punch out” on the time clock and then continue working, or to “punch in” late. Nowadays, all kinds of new ways of under-reporting hourly workers’ time exist such as electronically “shaving” hours from computerized payroll records for “unauthorized” overtime and/or requiring employees to perform various job functions (e.g., putting on protective clothing, setting up their workstations or opening a retail store) or traveling to remote locations before clocking in. Even a few minutes unlawfully saved here and there can add up to an incredible cost savings to a large company.