Can we ask contractors to use a time clock?

May I ask those providing service under a contract to sign in and out using a time clock when they are on premises?  (This is not related to pay, which is set by contract.)

Ann Kiernan replies:

Sure, you can ask anyone who enters and leaves your premises to record their arrival and departure times. One caution: Do not have contractors use the same time clock as your employees.

Posted 02-10-2016

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.