April 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
With over 800 HR professionals gathered together at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 30th, Time Masters enjoyed informing the public about the importance of time & attendance systems. With the new line-up of biometric systems at prices lower then your average punch clocks; the HR professionals were amazed. The line-up included Time Masters Biometric Fingerprint terminals, Geometry Handpunch 1000 and 4000E with access control, Time Masters Facial recognition system and last put not least our proximity card/badge reader. The questions were endless and smiles were the outcome. Most of the HR professional told Time Maters that there payroll department were paying monthly fees for there time clocks! Time Masters assured them, that we have NO monthly fees, NO employee fees, the price you see is the price you pay. Eliminating time cards and the need for ribbons were also a plus factor for the HR professionals, because we all known how expensive these time cards get. Overall Time Masters wants to Thank the HR Star Conference for a great show. We are looking forward to see them at the San Francisco Conference coming up in mid July.
Time Masters Attendance Software Will Demonstrate at HR Star Conference In Los Angeles, March 30, 2011.
March 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
On March 30, 2011, Time Masters will be attending the HR Star Conference in Los Angeles, CA, to demonstrate the Time Masters’ AMG Time and Attendance Software and hardware options. Each year, the HR Star Conference draws over 800 attendees from small, medium and large businesses in the southern California area. “We are excited to share how our software can help businesses manage their bottom line and their workforce in a recovering economy,” says Tigran “Tony” Galstyan, Owner and President of Time Masters. “We are specifically looking forward to explaining how a time and attendance management system creates bulletproof documentation that protects you from Department of Labor investigations. Managing attendance is a simple, cost effective way of protecting your bottom line and protecting you as a business owner.”
Time Masters’ AMG Time and Attendance Software is a comprehensive, user-friendly employee time management tool. Key features of the AMG Time and Attendance Software include:
• HR Functions – The AMG Attendance System performs HR functions including tracking employee attendance, tracking employee tardiness and earliness, tracking transfers from one department or job to another, the assigning of schedules, applying rounding to In and Out punches, calculating overtime, and calculating employee time and wages.
• Payment Policies – In the AMG Time and Attendance System, you can create as many policies as you need allowing you to define holiday payment rules, define overtime payment rules and report exceptions. Three levels of overtime and overtime calculation are also supported.
• Shifts – The AMG Attendance system supports multiple shift groups, individual shifts, flexible shifts and floating shifts.
• Comprehensive Reporting System – Approximately 30 reports are included in the AMG Time and Attendance System and the generation of each report is designed to be simple and quick. Reports can be saved as different file formats (.doc, .xls, .pdf, etc.), printed or automatically sent to any email recipient.
• Payroll Export – Time Masters’ AMG Time and Attendance System exports directly to third party payroll systems and can also be sent to any email recipient. The following payroll exports are currently supported by Time Masters: ADP for Windows, QuickBooks Pro, Paychex Preview and Peachtree 2003.
• Bell Ringing – This module creates bell schedules that can activate devices to ring a bell. The bell schedule can be defined by days of the week, time of day and duration of the ring.
• Correcting Wrong Transactions – Time Masters Time and Attendance Software tracks all transactions caused by incorrect badge numbers, incorrect department codes and incorrect job codes. These mistakes can later be corrected by assigning the correct codes.
• Device Polling – This module allows for the polling of information from data collection terminals while also synchronizing any changes in the computer’s time and date with those terminals.
• Badge Transfer – Managers can transfer employee information from one data collection terminal to another without having to perform double work. Once a badge has been created within any terminal, it can easily be transferred to any other terminals in the network.
• Benefit Accruals – This feature allows an employee to be assigned specific benefit time (i.e. vacation or sick time) and the attendance software automatically calculates the balance of this benefit time.
• PC Clock – The PC clock allows employees to log their attendance at their PC without the use of a data collection terminal.
• Status Board – This feature of Time Masters’ Time and Attendance Software gives supervisors the ability to see what employees are doing or what they have done within a 99 hour time frame. It is defined by 5 statuses: working, absent, outside, lunch and break.
For more information on Time Masters and its attendance management solutions, please visit http://www.time-masters.com.
February 11, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Welcome to February 11, 2011 and this is The Week in Time Attendance:
QQest announces its team up with M2SYS to add biometric technology at the desktop to TimeForce Time and Attendance System. The partnership that allows Qqest tooffer TimeForce time and attendance customers the added security and efficiency features of biometric identification technology at their PC. For the complete press release, please click here.
Gatekeeper Business Solutions, Inc., a payroll software company announces free webinar: Mastering the Employee Screen for HR personnel. The free webinar took place yesterday, February 10, 2011. For the complete press release, please click here.
CyberShift gives retailers the competitive edge with automated workforce management. In CyberShifts’s latest complimentary white paper, “Specialty Retail Workforce Management,” they share strategies to help retailers manage their second largest controllable expense after merchandise–their labor spend. For the complete press release, please click here.
RF IDeas Launches 82 Series Readers. RF IDeas offers a line of 82 Series readers available as proximity, contactless or magnetic strip technologies and feature easy integration through the RF IDeas’ Universal Software Developer’s Kit (SDK). For the complete press release, please click here.
Redcort unveils Virtual TimeClock ’11 which adds overtime control. Virtual TimeClock is available in several editions aimed at different levels and types of business. For the complete press release, please click here.
Aberdeen publishes study report on trends followed in workforce management. The report represents data collected from over 350 field service companies and that it highlights the key strategies followed by organizations for making sure that their field service teams are equipped with the necessary knowledge, information and tools to optimize customer expectations. For the white paper, please click here.
Ventyx mobile workforce management the answer for Pittsburgh gas company. “Our plan is to implement Service Suite first to support our customer service efforts in the field, integrating the system with the customer information system from SAP,” says Lisa Reilly, PNG-process manager. For the complete press release, please click here.
API Healthcare Synergy announces a single-platform workforce management solution promising to be the future of healthcare workforce management. “Fully integrated workforce management systems play a key role in balancing increased patient demand with delivery of cost-effective care,” said Jim Holincheck, managing vice president of Gartner, Inc. For the complete press release, please click here.
Individual electronic time recording. The electronic time and attendance system is critical in forecasting staffing needs. For the complete blog, click here.
Short. Sweet. That’s The Week. Have a good weekend.
February 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Welcome to February 4, 2011 and this is The Week in Time attendance:
Gatekeeper Business Solutions, Inc. announces a free webinar: Mastering the Employee Screen. Webinar attendees will receive instructions from Mark Scheidler on powerful utilities in the Employee Screen of the Labor Management System including: compensation, federal and state tax compliance, employee termination, and much more. For the complete press release, please click here.
10 Easy Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them. In this article author, Amy-Mae Elliott, gives 10 quick tips to show more than your sweetheart how much you appreciate them this Valentines Day. For the complete article please click here.
Kronos introduces new mobile applications as a next step in its vision for the next generation of workforce management. Kronos mobile applications give employees and managers flexibility in how they interact with each other and provide anytime, anyplace, instant connection to the Kronos Workforce Central suite. For the complete press release, please click here.
Best Time and Attendance Software System Download: 2011 Reviews. What are the best time and attendance management systems for time recording, billing and tracking school students, churches and corporate employees in 2011? For the complete article, please click here.
ADP: Total cost of ownership of payroll and hr functions can be significantly reduced. ADP’s study reveals that outsourcing multiple HR functions to a single vendor reduces costs by 24% on average. For the complete press release, please click here.
Time Tag: A dependable yet dry punch clock. Compact in size with advanced imaging features ensure an innovative yet simple approach to mobile and portable capture, management, and storage of documents. For the complete press release, please click here.
Cybershift gives retailers a competitive edge with automated workforce management. In Cybershift’s latest white paper, “specialty retail workforce management,” the global provider of workforce management and expense management software and services, shares strategies to help specialty retailers manage their payroll/labor spend. For the complete press release, please click here.
Mobile Apps for Human Capital Management revealed. Kronos and ScheduleSource, two vendors of human capital management software have unveiled their mobile workforce management applications claiming to relieve HR managers of low-value, time consuming-tasks. For the complete article, please click here.
Seven criteria for selecting a workforce management product by David Sims. Courtesy of Monet Software, David has republished a list of some criteria that should be considered when selecting a workforce management product for a small to medium sized call center. For the complete article, please click here.
Short. Sweet. That’s The Week. Have a good weekend.
January 29, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Welcome to January 28, 2011, and this is The Week in Time Attendance:
ADI Time has moved to Warwick, RI. “We have an employee population that spans the state. This location is perfect,” says John DiPippo, CEO of ADI Time. For the complete article, please click here.
Datatrack software helps WML drive out waste. WML recognized the need for time and attendance resources to better manage the business and identify the new customers. For the complete press release, please click here.
Saint Luke’s Health System expands its use of Kronos to 8300 employees. Saint Luke’s aims to control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity with the integrated suite of solutions from Kronos. For the complete press release, please click here.
Kronos signs reseller agreement in Brazil. In response to increasing global demand, Kronos has extended its reach into Brazil through a reseller agreement with Valueteam, a provider of IT consulting, systems integration, and applications management. For the complete press release, please click here.
“Implementing Retail Workforce Management: An Insider’s Secrets.” This white paper (sponsored by Kronos) discusses the foundation of retail workforce management using software and best practices. For the download, please click here.
WorkForce Management Software Group announces distinguished client award winner. The WorkForce Management Software Group, Inc., announced that Permanent General Companies has been recognized for outstanding application of the Community Workforce Management Solution in their contact centers. For the complete press release, please click here.
Short. Sweet. That’s The Week. Have a good weekend!
January 21, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Welcome to January 21, 2011, and this is The Week in Time Attendance:
Virtual Timeclock ’11 helps eliminate unwanted employee overtime. “Our customers tell us a top concern is to eliminate the high cost of unnecessary and unauthorized employee overtime,” says Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software. For the complete press release, please click here.
Vana Workforce launches time and attendance in the cloud. The Vana time and attendance solution helps companies manage visibility, reduce risk, increase workforce productivity with one integrated and affordable solution addressing the historically complex and manual process administering employee work schedules, tracking worked, and evaluating the impact of workforce absenteeism. For the complete press release, please click here.
Ingersoll Rand launches HandPunch 3000 biometric security solution. Schlage HandPunch 3000 provides complete door access solutions and concurrently records time and attendance. For the complete press release, please click here.
ADI Time partners with Expedition Payroll to increase accuracy and reduce workload for payroll departments. “By integrating ADI Time’s workforce management solution into our array of superior payroll and HR services, we are confident we are able to supply our clients with best selection and functionality they were seeking,” said Matt Sumnicht, owner of Expedition Payroll. For the complete press release, please click here.
Selecting a workforce management system vendor. In this article, the author, Bob Webb offers four considerations when purchasing a workforce management vendor: integration, ease of use, vendor options, and return on investment. For the complete article, please click here.
Short. Sweet. That’s The Week. Have a good weekend!
January 20, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Last week, a convenience store employee clocked out of work and walked outside to punch a customer and then clocked back in. Those of us in the time and attendance industry are marveling at the intelligence of the employee in an obviously emotional moment. As an employer, you know that you are liable for your employee’s behavior while they are on the clock and you know that you can be sued for an employee’s actions.
Unfortunately, employees are not always aware of this fact. Employees are also not necessarily aware that they can be made liable for their own actions depending on the state they reside in. Yes, in a world where people can get a little “suit happy,” understanding the limitations of liability can help you and your employees create boundaries and guidelines for behavior. Given that the little altercation happened in New Mexico, why don’t we take a look at what New Mexico law has to say on the subject?
New Mexico law states that an employer will be held liable for the acts of its employees when those acts are within the course and scope of employment. Acts are defined as falling within the scope of employment if:
1) “It was fairly and naturally incidental to the employer’s business assigned to the employee; and
2) It was done while the employee was engaged in the employer’s business with the view of furthering the employer’s interest and did not arise entirely from some external, independent and personal motive on the part of the employee.”
New Mexico has also found that not every employee’s act is necessarily taken in the course and scope of his or her employment. “For example, a hotel escaped liability when an on-duty employee sexually assaulted a child on the hotel premises. The New Mexico Court of Appeals recognized that an innkeeper/employer was not an insurer of a patron for injuries inflicted by an employee. In that case, it was clear that the employee had acted outside the scope of his employment, so the employer could not be held liable for the employee’s wrongful acts.”
The New Mexico Tort Claims Act does however require public employers to provide a defense including attorney’s fees, for any public employee whose liability is sought for a tort or constitutional violation committed by the public employee while acting within the scope of his duty. The same act applies to a governing agency. Though in the private sector, the question that will mostly arise is whether or not the employee was acting within the scope of their duty.
So, pretty much, if it is within the scope of their duty you’re liable for it. Everything else is a gray area and a toss up. How do you protect yourself? A good job description. Back to original story, was the employer liable? While technically the employee was off the clock, it is likely that had she been on the clock the employer wouldn’t have been responsible. Punching a customer isn’t generally on a job description.