A friend of mine recently started working as an hourly non-exempt employee for the first time in his life. He shared with me his frustration after two weeks on the job that, as a salaried worker, sound strange to me.
He says that he has to arrive about 30 minutes early to work every day because he works in a secured facility and has to go through a thorough security screening, walk about 0.5 miles from the security entrance to his desk, and then wait 7-10 minutes for his computer to boot up and load the software he uses to clock in.
I assumed that if this happened once or twice it would just be an outlier, but if this is a daily routine it sounds like there's about 2.5 hours every week that isn't being recorded. Is that kind of thing hand-waved away the same way a salaried employee would hand-wave working 42.5 hours vs 40 per week? Is this something they should be writing down daily to keep records for a later discussion? Obviously as a new employee they don't want to bring it up to anyone and rock the boat, especially considering the hundreds of other workers that are just accepting it.