Can you write up a company rule book with company policies and fine your employees if they violate the rules? For example if I write up a rule saying employee will get a $100 fine for being late at work after 3 times and make my employee sign the papers? Is that legal to do so? Or I don't have right to give my employee a fine?
The rule you are proposing is as illegal as all get-out. It's also an excellent way to wind up in the cross-hairs of the United States Department of Labor (DOL). DOL has made wage and hour enforcement one of its top priorities in recent years, and it is going after employers that violate the wage and hour laws with a vengeance.
If your employee arrives at work 10 minutes late, you can legally dock their pay by 10 minutes.
If your employee arrives at work 10 minutes late a second time, you can legally dock their pay by 10 minutes a second time.
You can also write them up. You can even suspend or fire them. But you cannot legally engage in any behavior that would mean your employees are not being paid for all of the time they spend at work.
Do not, under any circumstances, try to implement a policy like you are proposing. It is patently illegal.
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