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Merry Campbell quoted in February issue of What’s Working in Human Resources

February 6, 2017

Merry Campbell, Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Law Practice, was quoted in the “Answers to Tough HR Questions” section of the February 2017 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources.

We require time sheets to be accurate: Is that enough?

Q: We know a few employees get sloppy with their time sheets and sometimes underreport their hours. But we require them to be as accurate as possible. Will that protect us from liability?

A: Probably not, especially if you are aware the submitted records are incorrect, says attorney Meredith Campbell (, chair of the Employment and Labor Group at Shulman Rogers.

In cases where employees have sued to try to collect unpaid overtime, courts have said employers have little defense when they knew or had reason to know the employees worked overtime and weren’t paid for it.

Employers can address this with a clear policy requiring accurate time records, training supervisors and employees on the obligation to submit accurate time records, and rejecting and requiring resubmission of inaccurate records.

Read the February 2017 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources here.