Time Keeping Law and Legal Definition

Time keeping refers to requirements in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and numerous other federal and state laws which require employers to keep records of hours worked, wages paid, and other conditions of employment. FLSA requires that time records show the date and time a worker's workweek starts, the number of hours worked each day, and the total hours worked during the week. The law does not mandate exactly how time records are to be kept, and has exemptions for certain workers who are not required to keep track of hours.

The advance of technology has bred many alternative ways of tracking employee time, from standard mechanical time clocks, to electronic time card style systems, through yesterday's popular free standing polling, memory based clocks, to today's advanced PC based time clocks and time keeping solutions.