I work in a cafeteria, mostly with 18-20 year olds, who have a tendency as a whole to quit without notice, or to leave early. Apparently management has had a problem with employees leaving at the end of the night before all of their responsibilities are completed, so sometimes they will collect the timecards of all on-duty employees to prevent them from clocking out without permission. This isn’t really a problem for me personally, but I question the legality of the practice. It seems as though employees should be able to clock out at any time they like, but face disciplinary action/termination for doing so. It also seems like an employee should be able to quit at any time they please, and maintain an accurate record of their actual time worked. So, are the supervisors setting the company up for legal trouble by doing this? If so, are the supervisors setting themselves up for any legal trouble as individuals as well?
(I’m sure they might want to contact their own legal team for specific legal advice, but I’m not a supervisor, and it’s not really my problem. I’m just curious, and a bit affronted by the practice.)