Corbin, KY asked in Employment Law and Government Contracts for Kentucky

Q: My jobs time system requires us to clock out, and then approve our time. Would this be considered working off the clock?

I am working on a government contract in Kentucky. I work on the computer to perform my work and they use a time keeping system that requires us to clock in and out daily, as well as clock in and out for our two 15 minute breaks and 30 minute lunch. At the end of the night when we clock out we have to ensure accuracy of these punches and manually put a check mark next to them. This takes about a minute each night. My problem is that they ask us to do this after we clock out for the night. I have brought up to my supervisor that I do not like it because it’s essentially doing something off the clock for my job and I want to be paid for my time. We get in trouble if these punches are not approved daily when we clock out. I have an email from my supervisor telling me this needs to be done off the clock. What can I do about this?

1 Lawyer Answer

A: You should contact a Kentucky employment attorney to discuss your situation in further detail, because whether off-the-clock work is compensable is a very fact-specific analysis. In addition, federal law generally requires breaks of 20 minutes or less to be paid. If you are required to clock in and out for your 15-minute breaks, you should also discuss this with a Kentucky employment attorney.

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