How timekeeping software helps companies nickel and dime their workers
Posted by admin on 12th January 2017

If you work on an hourly basis, you may not have given much thought to what happens to your hours after you log out of your workstation. You might assume those hours are simply converted into dollars and show up on your paycheck.

However, there are a lot of ways employers can manipulate your time using timekeeping software, some of which are legal and others highly questionable.

About 60 percent of U.S. employees are paid on an hourly basis. To keep track of those hours, most employers use some form of electronic system. This add up to a mountain of data, so employers use software to manage that data before turning it over to payroll.

In collaboration with fellow researchers Charlotte Alexander and Zev Eigen, I examined 13 different timekeeping software programs by reviewing software tutorials, technical support materials and promotional information. This gave us some insight into the features available through the software. Our findings were recently published in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology.

These features allow employers to alter your time in a variety of unexpected ways, which we describe below.