Employment Law/time clock


I am a union worker in Wa. State, we get off at 1400 hours and are required to stay in a specific area till then. It takes us 3-4 minutes to walk to the time clock where there is a line of 50 to 75 people. are we allowed to start heading to the timeclock at 1357 or 1358?

David - You are being paid for forty hours of work presumably, and leaving your work site early means working less than 40 hours.  I don't see how that would be approved by management.  You certainly have no right to leave early under any law with which I am familiar.

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Margaret M. deMarteleire


I can answer most questions about employment law, federal or state. I am an attorney, not an HR professional, so questions about HR careers, coursework, prospects, etc. are not within my scope.


Attorney for 20 years, currently working exclusively with employment law - FLSA, FMLA, federal contracts, pay, etc.

Temple University School of Liberal Arts, BA, Rhetoric & Communication, 1982 Temple University School of Law, JD, 1990 Certificate in HR, Cornell University ILR School, 2006

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