DOL: Not enough for employer to have compliant policy on the books

Why it's key to encourage proper timekeeping practices Supervisors must make sure employees are following your timekeeping policies as they're written. Even if the policy you have on paper is compliant with the law, a regular pattern of the policy being ignored or discouraged can work against your company in any disputes. One employer learned [...]

July 9th, 2021|Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

New DOL guidance on tracking and paying for remote employees’ hours

"Reasonable diligence" expected from employers You know it's important to accurately track and report the hours people work, even if they're teleworking. The Dept. of Labor (DOL) confirms this in Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-5. The bulletin discusses employers' responsibility to pay employees for time worked when they're remote and what's considered "reasonable diligence" under [...]

January 15th, 2021|Recordkeeping, Remote work, Timekeeping|

Meal Breaks and compensable time: Company owed $915K for pay errors

Meal Breaks and compensable time: Company owed $915K for pay errors Employees weren’t paid for hours actually worked It’s critical that workers who are entitled to meal breaks are given the chance to take them free of duty. If they somehow end up working through a bona fide meal period and aren’t paid correctly for [...]

September 18th, 2019|Recordkeeping, 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|