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Time Shaving: Stealing Your Wages With Time Keeping Systems

Time Shaving Lawyer California Wage And Hour Attorney

What is time shaving?

Time shaving is when supervisors and managers deduct time from your time-keeping records.  It can be 5 minutes here, ten minutes there. But it can also be a deduction of hours from your time-keeping records during a pay period.

Time shaving is all too common in many industries. Time shaving is rampant across America and California today.


Using Computers To Shave Time and Steal Money From Workers

In the punch-card era, managers and supervisors had to conspire with payroll clerks or accountants in order to manipulate payroll records. That is not the case today.  With computerized time keeping systems it is extremely easy for supervisors and managers to doctor time keeping records.  According to compensation experts, now it is far easier for individual managers to accomplish this secretly with computers.  

Illegal doctoring of hourly employees' time records is far more prevalent than most folks believe. Time shaving is done easily.  With today’s technology, time shaving is very hard to detect -- a simple matter of computer keystrokes. Today it usually takes forensic payroll experts to detect time shaving.  Most workers in America today have no idea that the company is systematically stealing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars from them each year.

In today’s corporate culture it is all about quarterly earnings.  According to management and compensation experts there are a lot of incentives for managers and supervisors to cut costs in illegal ways. These illegal practices become ingrained and are practiced uniformly in these companies.  The incentives to cuts costs and raise profits results in managers and supervisors time shaving and conducting other illegal wage practices in order to meet bottom lines.

Lower management and middle management shave time based upon the pressure placed on them by upper management to minimize costs and maximize profits.     

According to management and compensation experts another reason why managers and supervisors shave time is that the companies institute bonus systems that tie bonuses into minimizing costs and/or maximizing profits. The company places pressure on the managers and supervisors to control costs and improve productivity. The manipulation of timekeeping records to shave time and other illegal wage and hour practices is a direct consequence of companies increasing emphasis on bonuses.


How I win time shaving cases

My name is Bill Turley.  I am a wage and hour class action lawyer. I use a recent California Supreme Court case - Brinker vs. Superior Court to win wage and hour class action cases. In the Brinker case, the California Supreme Court laid out the duties of companies have to pay wages to workers. I know the Brinker case real well - because I represented the workers in the Brinker case.

If the company shaves your time, chances are they are shaving the time of the other workers also.  The best way to stand up and fight the company is to bring a time shaving class action lawsuit against the company.  

If you want to speak to one of our lawyers about how you can get back the time that has shaved from you and get your money back - pick up the phone and call us today.  Or fill out the contact form on this website and tell us your story.

Unlike most Super Lawyers, I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth.  My Dad drove a bread truck.  I know how hard it is to make ends meet even when you are paid all the money that you work hard for.  It is especially tough when the company is using time shaving to steal your wages.

You don't have to go this alone. 



Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. 

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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