Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Can you please explain what is actually happening in a bit more detail
Does their contract say anything about that?
ok that should not matter, but for example does it say anything about the duties they are expected to do before clocking in?
It is possible for an employer to have a policy where they are present when the employee clocks in/out or even that the employer is the one that clocks them in/out when they turn up to have this done. It is certainly not illegal to do so. This could be because of abuse of the clicking system, which is not unknown in general (employees where the clocking system is unsupervised can take advantage of it – it does not necessarily mean that your daughter has done so, but if others have, then the employer can enforce a blanket policy that affects everyone).
The key is whether they are being forced to do duties they should be paid for before they are allowed to check in. That would depend on their contract and what their job description actually is. If they have specific duties which are described in their contract then the employer could only pay them for these, unless there were specific tasks that fell outside but were still; being done under the direct instruction of the employer and could be classified as working time.
The key to that is what is in her contract. Some jobs may allow employers to ask their staff to do additional duties without pay, but if the contract is silent on that she can technically refuse to undertake such duties without being paid
How long has she worked there for?
Yes they can - she is not protected against unfair dismissal until she has at least 2 years' service so they can dismiss her at any time or for more or less any reason
yes that is correct - in general employees have basic rights for the first 2 years, such as protection against discrimination, right to receive the minimum wage, etc but in terms of dismissal their rights are rather limited
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