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Lazy homeworker asked to repay wages after she’s caught out by spy software

A woman who wasn’t working hard enough while she was working from home has been ordered to pay back over £900 of her wages.

In February 2022, after a discussion with her managers about how much work she was getting done while working remotely, Karlee Besse’s employers installed time-tracking software on her laptop which monitored her computer use during work hours.

The software, called TimeCamp, logged fewer work hours than Karlee had claimed she had worked.

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Karlee worked for a firm of accountants in Vancouver, Canada, called Reach CPA. After the company sacked her, she sued them for $5,000 (£3,060) in unpaid wages and redundancy money.

Reach – which is not related to the Daily Star’s parent company – filed its own counter-lawsuit, claiming that Karlee in fact owed them $2,600 in wages she had been paid while not actually working.

A court determined that Karlee had been guilty of “time theft” and had been claiming she was working when TimeCamp had determined she was not using the computer for work-related tasks.

Between February 22 and March 25 last year, the firm said Karlee had logged over 50 hours on her timesheets, but the software – which logs how long a user spends on each software application – said she hadn’t been using the computer for work during those hours.

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The Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada's first online court was shown videos of Karlee’s computer use recorded by TimeCamp.

They showed that there was very little work-related activity compared to “personal use” of the computer and convinced the court that Karlee was guilty of “time theft”.

However, reports CBS News, Karlee maintained that she had printed out the documents to work in them, and the only thing she had does wrong was forgetting to tell Reach that that was how she was working.

A representative for Reach said that there was no evidence that she had printed out the whole document and that it seemed unlikely that she could have printed out the huge volume of material required.

The court dismissed Karlee’s claims and ordered her to repay Reach $1,506.34 (£922) based on her salary.


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