Samantha Grant
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My shift is 3-11 p.m. As of last month, my boss said he wants 2nd shift staff to come in at 2:30 to help am crew with their transition.

BUT he won't let us punch in until 3 PM on the dot.

Basically, he wants us to work for free 30 minutes every shift. He says it's fair because we "dont do as much" as night crew because guest traffic is typically slower.

I want to bring it up to his superior but I don't want to get in trouble.

Do you think this is fair?? Am I overreacting?!

#frustrated #feelslikefreelabor #advice #watercooler

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Kellee B

If you are working, you are getting paid. I would bring it up. DO NOT wait for an answer from anyone though. If you are there and expected to work at 2:30, clock in. If they speak to you about it, tell them it is illegal and if needed you will report it even higher.

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Becky Lyall

That is not legal go to his/ her superevisor and let them know what is going on, if all else fails~ report them to the labor board it is not legal to lock the time clock and you be working. don't do it.If you are not clocked in and working say at 2:45pm you have an acciddent get hurt ect. the company will deny the hospital/ dr. bills bc you wern't working on the clock yet. your boss is an ass, sorry but seriously do something do not take that bs. start with your boss's boss then if no resolve.. go to labor board or in some states it is called right to work gl hope ya get bk pay, if you can prove your claim i bet you will get a nice bonus on your next check :)

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Michelle Courry

100% ILLEGAL. If you are hourly, he is required by law to allow employees to clock in at 2:30. Depending on the state, the fines are steep PLUS he will be required to pay back wages and probably a small settlement to each employee he did this to.

If you are salaried, it may be a different story. It depends upon the state you live in. In some states, like mine, an employer may be allowed to expect up to 10% overtime for free. Look online for your state and check out the rules.

Good luck.

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Alexander Wang

Sue the company and you will get more money

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Ervin Velez

I would not work not even a minute for free. The profit they will be making in that free 30 minutes is probably a lot. Don't do it.

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Gary Lovelace

Do not give him a chance, go down to the labor board, file charges against him and the company, he will do anything to keep them out of his ass, also the eeoc he is discriminating against everyone 😉, he will pay u 💰 🤑 to drop your charges....

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Terra W

Unless it’s written in a contract or you are exempt salary paid , then no. There are Federal labor laws in place. If you are an hourly employee, then he must pay you for your work time.

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Lisa Fair

If anyone were to get harmed (I certainly hope not) but if they did his insurance would not pay and he could be sued, and from my lawyer friends they say whoever got hurt might be running or owning his company out of his greed. He’s not thinking clearly by having you do this. It is against all labor laws not to mention totally illegal. Does he let you leave at 22:30? My guess would be no? Please let us know what happens you don’t even have to tell his boss just print out the labor laws he is violating and some lawsuits where people like him who are in love with their money have lost everything. Highlight the important part then tape it to his door sign it by saying the dayshift. Let us know what you do plan on doing and the end results. Thanks for the great questions. This happens at a lot of places and no one says anything out of fear of retaliation.YES you are working for free and while doing so ;you are uninsured if you happen to fall or any injury happens.Lisa Fair BSN, RN, BC, MSN, PhD

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Lester Anderson

Tell his boss with him present. Tell both of them I you don't get paid for the unpaid overtime you will report it to the state labor board.

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Douglas Thompson

If you do what he wants. He will be telling you to stay and help with something else. But really if you want to take it

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