Your questions answered: How do I approach an employee submitting incorrect timesheets?

By Portner Press on January 7th, 2019
  1. Performance Management
  2. Misconduct


I have an employee who has been claiming that she has been at work for between 1 – 1.5 hours per shift for the past 12 months (recorded on her timesheet). She has been paid accordingly.

After having witnessed some suspicious behaviour, I asked for a download of her swipe in and swipe out card and it appears that she is at work for no more than 10 – 15 minutes, and in some cases less or not at all.

Can you please advise on how I should proceed with this as I have her coming in to discuss?


Dishonesty of this nature usually constitutes serious misconduct and may be grounds for dismissal.

However, you will still need to put the allegations of serious misconduct to the employee in a meeting where she has been offered the opportunity to have a support person present.

You must then consider her response and only then decide whether to terminate her employment.

You may like to consider going through the above process and, if you determine that the allegations are true, putting her on a first and final written warning rather than terminating her employment.

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