Dunkin’ Do-nots labor practices

Dunkin' Donuts franchises have been cited several times over the years for violations of labor laws. If you run a business that hires hourly shift workers or minors, pay particular attention so that you don't run afoul of these laws yourself. Here's a summary of the violations: Wage theft in 2016: for changing employees' time [...]

Mobile app for on-the-go timekeeping

We offer a wide assortment of timekeeping solutions: time clocks, web clocks, biometric clocks, voice clocks, and more. But the solution that has our clients buzzing with enthusiasm is our mobile app for Apple and Android users, for companies who track time with TimeWorksPlus. The TimeWorks Plus Mobile app lets employees report hours on-the-go from [...]

July 29th, 2022|Timekeeping|

Must employees be paid while they wait for slow computers?

Technological setbacks can try anyone's patience--whether it's waiting for your computer to boot up, software to load, or upgrades to finish. Recently, questions about whether nonexempt employees must be paid for this type of waiting time have reached the courts. Here are the details from two cases: In Peterson v. Nelnet Diversified Solutions, LLC, the [...]

May 20th, 2022|compensation, Timekeeping|

Employee’s last day: how much pay should be included in final check?

Termination pay is riddled with potential problems, as a recent federal district court case shows. In Garcia v. Wal-Mart, an employee clocked in for work and a few minutes later was called into a meeting with his supervisor, where he learned of his termination. He then left the premises, and his co-worker clocked him out [...]

May 6th, 2022|compensation, Timekeeping|

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|