Despite what the laws say, most employers do not want to neglect paying an employee who was present and working; even if they forgot to clock in as required. So what other options do you have to ensure that they don’t do it again in the future?
- Pay only for their scheduled shift – if the employee stayed an extra 30 minutes after their shift to continue working, then consider paying them only for the time that they were initially scheduled to be there. After all, it may be the only verifiable time!
- Include clocking-in under company policy – if clocking in for a shift is written into company policy, then employees can be disciplined as they would be for any other company violation. Start by giving verbal warnings, then written warnings, followed by suspensions and even dismissal.
- Give them a less-desirable job for a day – in construction and other hands-on industries, staff often have to take turns doing the tasks that no one really likes to do. After failing to clock-in, having an employee take on such a role for the day will help them remember why they should do it again. It might be tough love, but can be effective!
If you find employees are regularly failing to clock-in as they are required to, consider investing in a portable time clock system for accurate payroll!