Can You Refuse To Pay An Employee/Contractor Due To Inefficiency?

August 15th, 2013

Every manager or supervisor who works in a project-based work environment, has certainly experienced the issue of inefficiency. Of course, if an employee is intentionally slacking off, then there are disciplinary measures that can take place. But inefficiency doesn’t always need to relate to work ethic. But, if someone does a job slower, therefore extending the completion date of a project, do you know if you can withhold some or all that pay cheque?

Technically, the answer to that question is no. If an individual is working their scheduled shift, and putting effort into their accomplishments, then it can be said that they are doing their job. They just aren’t doing their job particularly well.

Rather than withholding pay, it is your responsibility as the employer to see that they are given the necessary guidance to get a job done as expected. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you have the right people working in the right jobs. If this is proving untrue, then you need to consider restructuring the staff.

Withholding pay from someone who believes they are doing their job well because no one has told them otherwise is ultimately not good business. And, their specific hours worked can be compared to the job clock.

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Peter Morrissey has been working with employee time and attendance for more than 15 years, Peter has supplied more than 3000 customers around the world with employee time management systems. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Peter bought the JobClock system into Australia in 2008 to fill a void not being covered at the time. As cloud technology has come along the JobClock system not only services construction but many more industries hungry for employee labour costing information.

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