I manage a group of hourly workers in a call center. Our Personnel Manual for Hourly Staff reads as follows:
Here’s the thing - earlier this week, an employee complained that she was feeling ill and asked her Supervisor if she could clock out early. (She pointed out that she had not taken a break.) For argument’s sake, let’s say she worked from noon to 5 PM and wanted to clock out at 4:30.
He said she could leave, and she did.
When he tallied up the time sheets, he saw that she had clocked out at 5:00 and corrected her timesheet to reflect that she had, in fact, left at 4:30.
She came to me, upset that he had debited the half hour from her pay.
Here’s the issue: Looking at the way the Personnel Manual is written, is a worker allowed to take a paid break at the end of his or her shift, in essence leaving a half hour early?
How is this issue handled at your place of employment?