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Time-shaving is a form of wage theft that is hard to track

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2021 | Wage and hour law

Businesses steal billions of dollars from their workers every year by denying them appropriate compensation. Wage theft takes many forms, and some of them are harder to prove than others. 

For example, you may have very straightforward documents that show you should have received overtime pay but did not. However, some more subtle forms of wage theft can require more diligent evidence-gathering on the part of those making claims. Digital timekeeping software has made it easier than ever for companies to engage in time-shaving, a practice that might cost workers hundreds of dollars every year.

What is time-shaving?

You clock in for your job at the beginning of your shift and then clock out before you leave. You expect that the company will reimburse you fully for every minute that you worked. However, some companies will manipulate their timeclock records just to pay their workers a little bit less than they should. 

The company probably won’t cut a large amount of time out of your check. After all, you would likely notice it if they shorted you by several hours. However, if they remove five minutes of time from the beginning and end of each shift, that adds up to several hours a month and possibly an entire week’s pay over the course of a year. It would also be very hard for you, as the worker, to track and prove. 

Maintaining your own records of when you clock in and out may be the only way to conclusively prove that your employer has stolen your wages through time-shaving. Learning about the different forms of employer wage theft can help you fight back against this such practices by your employer.