1. Whether an employee clocks in or not they must be paid for all hours actually worked.
2. You can set office policy that any time worked by an employee above the agreed upon hours must be approved in advance however you still have to pay the employees for any time worked whether clocked in or not. You can reprimand an employee for violating such a policy. Ensure you document. That way if you dismiss for repeatedly violating the policy you might avoid paying unemployment.
3. Honor systems tend to be abused. Your practice management software’s time clock is generally the easiest to use.
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