Ensure bosses accurately track staff hours.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to track employee hours, and that task usually falls to front-line managers. But bosses under pressure to reduce labor costs may be tempted to require employees to work off the clock.

Alert managers that accurate time tracking comes first. As this case shows, FLSA violations can hit supervisors directly in their own wallets.

Recent case: Managers at a New Jersey electrical company allegedly required all hourly workers to clock in at the start of their shifts. But they received straight-time pay for eight hours, even if they worked...

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