Columbus Improper Deductions Lawyer
Another common way employers violate both federal and state wage and hour law is by improperly deducting time from hourly employees’ timesheets or compensable hours for time worked. There are a variety ways that improper deductions occur, but most frequently they involve lunch periods or other breaks. Employers commonly deduct 30 minutes (or even an hour) from hourly employees’ daily hours worked to account for what is supposed to be an actual uninterrupted 30 minute lunch break. However, for such deductions to be legal, the employee must actually always receive (1) the full 30 minute break (or whatever the amount of the deduction is if different) and (2) the employee must not have to perform any work for the employer during his break. Therefore, if the employee is still required to answer the phone, respond to emails, or attend to any other work matters during the break period, then the employee is entitled to be paid for that time worked.
This is true even if the employee does not spend much time actually attending to any of these work matters if the employee must be ready and available to respond if needed. Similarly, if the employer is deducting 30 minutes every day but the employee really only has 15 minutes to eat lunch before returning to work, then again the employee is entitled to be paid for this time that is being improperly deducted every day. There a numerous other ways employers can violate the law with improper deductions, including improperly deducting money from employees’ paychecks for various reasons without a valid reason.
If you believe you may have an improper deduction claim or that your employer may have violated its obligations to pay you all wages owed, including overtime wages, due to improper deductions, contact our Columbus FLSA attorneys today to discuss your legal rights. You may have a valid wages or overtime claim and speaking with an Ohio overtime attorney will ensure you know your rights.