Am I entitled to a copy of my time card?

When I pick up my check we have to sign our time card. Can I have a copy of it once it’s signed? I asked my employer they said we can’t get a copy. Is this legal?

Posted  12-12-2012

Ann Kiernan replies:

While in some states, such as California, you would be entitled to a copy, there is no such law in your state, Alabama. However, under federal law, you are entitled to a detailed paystub with your check, showing your regular hours, overtime hours, and all deductions.


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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.