I was only five minutes late one day, and I’m never late, and my supervisor told me I would be dock 15 minuets. Also, we’re suppose to be there at 7:30. She told me we’re actually considered late at 7:30 because we’re not in our classroom. She told us to arrive at 7:20, but we won’t be paid for it.
First, your employer can round your pay to the NEAREST quarter hour, however, that means you have to be AT LEAST SEVEN minutes late for the employer to deduct the entire quarter hour. If you are less than seven minutes late, your pay must be rounded UP, meaning you get paid for the entire quarter hour.
Second, if you are an hourly employee, you MUST be paid for all the time you work. If you are required to be there at 7:20, then you must be paid for that time.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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