A study recently published in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology says that there are features of certain timekeeping programs that can create wage and hour problems for employers, and result in underpayment* of employees.
*Underpayment is also known as “wage theft,” but I don’t like that term and will not use it because it implies dishonest intent every time an employee is underpaid. There are lots of reasons employees may be underpaid, including ignorance of the applicable laws, mistake, and underreporting by employees — not always in collusion with management.
Some of these same software features also make it more difficult for employers to defend themselves even when they paid the employee properly.
The authors of the study, in my opinion, are a little quick to assume that supervisors and managers (and employers) want to cheat employees out of their pay, but they do raise valid points. Here are some timekeeping system features for employers to watch out for: