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The company I work for does not provide timesheets to be reviewed before submitting to payroll.  I recently noticed a shortage of hours when comparing to my own personal recordkeeping.  Upon calling to request a copy of my timesheet I was directed to speak with my supervisor at which point I was told only managers have access to time records!?  By law, do I have the right to view my own time punches per pay period?

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You have the right to be paid for all the time you work. In most companies you have to sign the timecard before it is submitted to payroll. Keep track of your hours. Talk to your supervisor or HR if your supervisor is no help and let them know your time is not the same as your personal timekeeping that you have written down and that you would like to know why you were not paid for all the time you have worked. If they do not pay you and your hours keep being shorted than take your records to the Department of Labor and let them know that you are not being paid for all the time you work and that you are being shorted hours. They will investigate and make the company make it right with you.

I see no reason to keep you from seeing your timesheet if it is correct. It sounds like they are hiding something. It is illegal to change the timecard to keep from paying overtime. It is called "timecard fixing".  It is against the law.

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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR

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I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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30 years in Payroll and Human Resources

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) DOLEA (Department of Labor Employers Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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