Time clock rounding is a way to make tracking work hours easier for payroll. Instead of using the exact time an employee clocks in or out, the time is adjusted to the closest 15 minutes. For example, if someone clocks in at 7:53 AM, it would be rounded to 8:00 AM.
This rounding helps calculate pay in 15minute blocks and can also prevent extra, unauthorized hours from being counted if someone clocks in a little early or stays late.
The 15minute rounding rule with an 8minute breakpoint adjusts clockin and clockout times to the nearest quarterhour. Here's how it works:

Rounding Up: If an employee clocks in or out 8 minutes after the hour, the time is rounded up to the next 15minute mark. For example, a clockin at 8:08 AM would be rounded up to 8:15 AM.

Rounding Down: If an employee clocks in or out 22 minutes after the hour, the time is rounded down to the nearest 15minute mark. For example, a clockin at 8:22 AM would be rounded down to 8:15 AM.
Here’s how the 15minute rounding rule with an 8minute breakpoint works, summarized in a table:
Time Entry  Rounded Time  Conversion to Hundredths of an Hour 

0 to 7 minutes after the hour 
Rounded to the hour :00 
.00 
8 to 22 minutes after the hour 
Rounded to 15 minutes :15 
.25 
23 to 37 minutes after the hour 
Rounded to 30 minutes :30 
.50 
38 to 52 minutes after the hour 
Rounded to 45 minutes :45 
.75 
53 to 59 minutes after the hour 
Rounded to the next hour :00 
1.00 
In this table, any time entry that falls between 8 and 22 minutes after the hour is rounded to 15 minutes after the hour, which is converted to .25 in hundredths of an hour.
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