I started my job approx. 3 months ago. I went through a temp agency who I get paid through. The company I work at is responsible for confirming my hours. I was told by my supervisor there that I can only get paid for 8 hours a day (40 per week)...which is fine and any overtime is not approved (again, I do not mind). I am an hourly worker (not salaried) in the US.
For some time, I have reporting my hours as just 40 per week (8 per day) even though I have worked more than that. This did not strike me as unethical as this really quite normal from my experiences. The problem I have is that I worked only a half of a day this week, for good Friday, and my boss wants me to report it as 8 hours. I have problem reporting is a such, but it seems as if my boss is "testing" me as of late and I am unsure if this is an ethics test (i.e. "will he lie if I tell him to or will he not and disobey me"). Mind you, he has to approve the time overall, so he will know what I reported. How should I figure out how to respond to this situation? Is it customary to report hours not worked in a week (if directed to do so)? Is it customary to manipulate hours week to week if the total is the same in the end?