Why Should You Keep a Record of the Hours You Work?

Employees often rely on their employers to keep accurate records of the hours the employees work. But employers’ records may not be as reliable as you think. If you want to be sure that you are paid for all of the hours you work, it is best to keep track of those hours yourself.

Recently, the New York Department of Labor announced that it had reached a $5.1 million settlement with Lenny’s: The Ultimate Sandwich for violations of New York’s minimum wage and overtime laws.  From 2002 to 2008, Lenny’s cheated 800 employees by paying them less than the minimum wage and not paying them the overtime they were owed. The employees worked 10 to 12 hours a day, six to seven days a week, at an average weekly salary of $275. Under New York state law, the workers should have been paid at least $500 a week for the same number of hours.

Lenny’s failed to provide wage statements to its workers, as required by law(see our previous post), and its time records were inaccurate.   The accuracy of an employer’s time records can become a major issue when employees are trying to recoup money owed to them. The reliability Wal-Mart’s records was a main focus when it was sued by its employees, as we reported in an earlier blog post.

Do you receive wage statements from your employer? Do you check those wage statements to be sure they are correct? If you keep a daily log of the hours you work, it is easy to do.