Canadian owes bosses for ‘time theft’ after work-tracking app sinks tribunal bid

A woman in Canada failed in her claim for wrongful dismissal due to evidence from software designed to track her work time activity.

As a well as losing the case — and failing in her efforts to secure C$5,000 ($3,729) compensation — she was ordered to pay her former employer, remote accounting services business Reach CPA, C$2,603.07 for part of the advance she received before starting work, and for the wages equal to the commensurate time lost.

Karlee Besse, an accountant, began working remotely for Reach in October 2021. In February 2022, she met her manager to help her better manage her files, according to court documents, “because she felt unproductive and that she was not performing as well as she should have been.”

Later that month, the company installed a time-tracking program called TimeCamp on her work laptop. TimeCamp can track employees’ use of time, but it is also used to help professionals such as lawyers bill for their hours.

In March, they met again to create a performance improvement plan since some files were overbudget and behind schedule. Analysis of the TimeCamp data showed she had made a timesheet entry for a file she had not worked on, and between February 22 and March 25 some 50.76 hours were unaccounted for.

In a meeting near the end of the month, her principal explained the discrepancies in hours and timesheet entries and offered her time to consider the information and get back to him. Having declined that

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