How to handle accidentally being overpaid for a year?
January 14, 2012 5:40 PM Subscribe
Made an error in timesheet tracking...best way to handle it?
posted by Calicatt to work & money (10 answers total)
So: way back when I started my job, my direct supervisor (who is no longer with the company) gave me the wrong info about how to fill out my timesheet. Basically I was under the impression that we got half hour lunch paid, but were given a full hour, therefore subtracting .5 of an hour from an 8 hour day with a 1 hour lunch. The schedule has been made with me having an hour lunch each full shift I worked, and I put down 7.5 hours for each full shift on the timesheet, and every week it was signed by the same person who made the schedule. So I thought all was well.
After working there for a year and now finally eligible to join the union, and I discovered that this is not correct. Our contract states that I'm supposed to be given a half-hour lunch, unpaid. Now, I only work one full-shift per week, but after a whole year, that adds up.
I contacted my union rep (a coworker) who basically suggested that I not mention it to anyone, and that I not make a big deal out of it. But I have a guilty conscious (even though I didn't do anything intentionally wrong!) And going forward I'm going to need to change how I do things (ie either ask for a shorter lunch or start filling in my hours differently) and I can't help but think that someone is going to notice this.
On the one hand, I feel like I should take the union rep's advice. On the other, if it is later discovered that I made this error, then I'm pretty sure that I'd be fired, and I love my job!
So the options, as I see them are to either minimize it, and just fill out the timesheet correctly in the future (as the union rep suggested) or go to HR and explain what happened and suffer the consequences.
I am not very savvy at office politics. In fact, I quite hate them! I don't mind paying the time back or even writing a check for the difference. But I really don't want to lose my job, which I guess could happen either way.
Anyone else been in a similar pickle? Any advice?