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I am ordered by my Supervisor to clock in 7 minutes prior

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I am ordered by my Supervisor to clock in 7 minutes prior to my shift start. So that I can go on an assignment regarding an accident investigation. I go and respond. Then I submitted an Overtime slip which was denied. The Supervisor is arguing that I was already on the clock and it was only 7 minutes. He states if it was 8 minutes he would pay.


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Assuming you qualify for overtime, you are owed it for all the time you are clocked in. Your supervisor cannot arbitrarily deny you the overtime for the 7 minutes you were clocked in. If the company does not pay overtime, you may file an overtime claim with the state.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

we have a period of time between 7 minutes to start of shift to clock in. We can CHOOSE to clock in at 7 of, 5 of, 3 of or wait till shift start. That 7 minute time period is our own time. We have been directed not to start work until shift start. In this case I was ordered to start work at 7 of. I believe that makes it Overtime. Human Resources is claiming the de minimis rule, but I don't think that applys here, because I was ordered to start work.

You would only be due overtime for the 7 minutes that you worked. De minimis means that this is time period is too little of a time period to be considered as a violation. However, being ordered to clock in at a certain starts the work period. If the company is not paying you according to what the time clock says, then they are likely in violation of the law.

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