How Does Tenth Hour Rounding Work?

Are you confused how tenth-hour rounding works on a time clock?

Don't panic, it is really a confusing topic and that is why I want to write this article. Read this helpful guide and your confusion about tenth out rounding will be cleared. I am gonna tell you what time rounding is, why the tenth-hour timing is used by the employers and specifically how tenth-hour rounding works.

What is Time Rounding?

The United States Code of Federal Regulations and the Fair Labor Standards Act(FLSA) allow the employer to round their starting and stopping time to the nearest 5-minute interval, or to the tenth of an hour (6 minutes) or the nearest quarter of an hour(15 minutes).

You have to keep in mind that the rounding of the time is impartial, which means that the start and stop time must be rounded both up and down depending on the punch time, moreover rounding cannot be used to withhold pay from an employee by only rounding in favor of the employer.

How Does Tenth-Hour Rounding Work?

The tenth-hour rounding will round your start and stop times to the nearest 1/10th of an hour. The chart below will show you an example of how start time is rounded to 1/10th-hour rounding during the 8 0'clock. Keep in mind that one-tenth of an hour is 6 minutes.

one tenth hour rounding


If you know who 1/4 hour rounding works, then it will not be much difficult for you to round the one-tenth hour (1/10) rounding. In 1/10 rounding, the rounding window is only 3 minute and the system rounds the punches to the nearest 1/10th of an hour. 
For example, If an employee clocked in at 2:58 PM that punch is rounded to 3:00 PM.

Keep in mind that the rounding only applies to Start and Sto times. For example, if you are an employer, then you can round a start time of 7:54 am to 8:00 am or a stop time of 5:05 pm to 5:00 pm. You cannot apply the rounding of the time to the total hours worked, which means 8 hours and 7 minutes of work cannot be rounded to 8 total hours worked.