Timekeeping

Appeals Court makes key decision in meal break case

    Companies just won a major victory regarding meal breaks and compensable time in one state.   An appeals court ruled a fast-food chain was well within its rights to control the terms of a benefit it offered workers on their meal breaks.   Should time be paid?   In Rodriguez v. Taco Bell [...]

September 28th, 2018|Timekeeping|

Growing Interest in telecommuting: How to handle challenges for Payroll

Keys to paying remote workers correctly for their shifts   Telecommuting has been become an attractive perk for employees.   According to a recent survey from Robert Half, 77% of workers said the ability to telecommute at least some of the time would increase their chances of taking a job offer.   Nonexempt workers   [...]

August 23rd, 2018|Timekeeping|

Travel time: Important guidance for when employees should be paid

Company owes $62k to workers required to drop of trucks   Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), all travel between job sites throughout the workday must be paid. This includes if employees are required to “check in” at their employer’s location after completing their work at the end of the day.   Making mistakes [...]

July 26th, 2018|Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

$120K owed: Food processing wasn’t a problem, but payroll processing was

Employer falsified timecards, then disposed of them   Investigators found glaring paycheck errors at a food-processing plant in Westbury, NY, the state attorney general announced.   From 2013 to 2017, Diversified Processors Inc. and Processors Inc. mishandled minimum wage and overtime payments due to 10 plant workers.   Now, the employer must pay $120,555 in [...]

July 19th, 2018|Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

Paid program draws scrutiny: Top drawbacks & what to consider

Eleven Attorneys General address their concerns   The Dept. of Labor (DOL) just announced the launch of its PAID (Payroll Audit Independent Determination) program, which was designed to give companies a reprieve from fines and other penalties when they self-report wage issues.   Although the PAID program’s in its infancy, it’s already facing some significant [...]

June 26th, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Timekeeping|

Kristy Stevenson, HR, for Independent’s Service, of Hannibal MO shares how a new time clock system reduced headaches

We’d had our old time clocks for as long as anyone could remember, and they’d become outdated.   They couldn’t store any data, and power outages resulted in us losing hourly punches.   Not only that, but when an employee wanted to request time off, that person had to fill out a sheet and wait [...]

May 31st, 2018|Timekeeping|

See how a company in Ludlow VT made life easier when paying seasonal employees

    Dian Ponto, payroll manager, Resort Asset Management LLC, Ludlow, VT writes:   We dealt with an influx of seasonal workers every year, which made payroll extremely hectic.   Between entering their info into our system and making sure they were paid on time, it was tough to juggle it all.   Plus, with [...]

April 26th, 2018|New hire, Timekeeping|

Latest info on new employer tax credit for paid family, medical leave

    How companies know if they’re eligible, what to track & more   More companies are offering workers paid medical and family leave. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this could earn them a tax credit in the next two years.   The amount of the credit ranges from 12.5% if employees [...]

April 19th, 2018|FMLA, Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

Absences & exempt employees: DOL issues key guidance on pay

    What’s included in Opinion Letter 2018-14   The Department of Labor (DOL) hasn’t always been clear about when you’re able to make deductions from exempt employees’ pay if they’re absent from work.   But now that the DOL has issued Opinion Letter FLSA 2018-14 on that topic, you have the guidance you need [...]

April 19th, 2018|FMLA, Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

Employer must install new timekeeping system after FLSA claims

    Business will also pay 118K in wages, damages to 21 workers   As long as employees’ pay and time records are complete and accurate, employers can pick and use their own timekeeping methods.   But some employers are learning that if they fail to keep accurate records, the Dept. of Labor (DOL) may [...]

March 1st, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Timekeeping|