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Iam an employer with a time card problem. Our payroll is paid on every other Friday and we request time card by Wednesday evening before the Friday payroll. I have one employee that doesn't like to turn in their time card on time or the time card is not completed therefore, I have to guess at the hours he worked.  Since I am not always physically here at the worksite I am not always sure which days he is working.  I am always having to track him down(sometimes he is out on deliveries)which holds up payroll for all the other employees too. He has never complained about his time being short but I am afraid that is exactly what might happen and other than this bad habit he is a very good employee that I would like to keep and do not wish to do anything that might upset him, especially where his paycheck is concerned.  What can I do to be sure he is being paid correctly?  If his paycheck is short is it ok to add those forgotten hours on to his next paycheck?


What I do is pay the employee for their regularly scheduled time if a day is missing or a punch is missed and I cannot find that employee. So if he is scheduled for 8 hours that day I pay him 8 hours for that day. If the time is less or more than I adjust it on the next payroll check. I keep a copy of the timecard to show what I paid. If I have to adjust the next payroll than I make the employee write on the bottom of the timecard the reason and use the copy with the revision to pay or deduct the difference.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


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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