Time Shaving and Record Keeping Violations

These are allegations about unauthorized edits to time records by managers that may impact total paid time, overtime payments, and meal penalties. Analysis of such claims can be completed by comparing raw time records to edited records to reconstruct the edit process and determine the impact of managerial edits. Comparison of edits by location and/or supervisor can be used to address class certification.


Employees at a national fast food chain claimed that managers removed overtime from time records to cut costs.


We showed that, among edits by managers, time was added to pay records by a factor of ten compared with the time removed by edits. We also isolated a small number of instances where potentially malicious edits appeared with relative frequency among a few supervisors; we identified those for investigation and follow-up by the attorneys.

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