How technology may alter your timekeeping

If you have been around in the working world, especially in a manufacturing or restaurant position, you are familiar with a timecard and punch a time clock. You show up to work, insert your time card, and it gets punched with a time stamp. Those timecards were the basis on which you got paid as …

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From the Archive: In case you think recording employee time is not important, think again!

Recent news items about recording employee work time have prompted me to republish this post from earlier this year. Try not to make these time recording mistakes. In my consulting practice, I run across companies occasionally that are somewhat lackadaisical in keeping track of the time their employees are working. Often this comes from another …

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Recording time for ALL employees may be the best protection against wage and hour charges

I conducted a webinar the other day on the top five wage and hour violations that companies commit. These include misclassification as exempt employees resulting in overtime not being paid. Employees complain and an investigation ensues, employees get their pay and the company pays fines and penalties. I am going to suggest a fix for …

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FLSA Follow up

As a follow up to my post yesterday about the FLSA turning 80 years old last month, I decided to look at some of the big cases involving the FLSA. Perusing the US Department of Labor newsroom here is what I found: S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Oklahoma Restaurant …

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Eighty years of the FLSA and companies still screw it up

Two things struck me as I was reading today. First, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been around for 80 years now. You would think that every business course would cover this law, every book on entrepreneurship would cover this law, or every management team would understand the importance of this law. Unfortunately, the …

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Great ideas to prevent employees from clocking in for one another: A guest post

  Today’s post was written by Fredrick Cameron. Previously I published his post Have you ever thought of adding games to the company culture? This post talks about a problem that many organizations have struggled with in the past. Nearly US$400 million is lost to time clock abuse in the US annually. Trust your employees? Don’t …

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How much do you really trust the government?

The US Department of Labor is trying to become a much friendlier agency when dealing with employers, really they are. They have reinstituted opinion letters, where employers can reach out to the USDOL and get information about a situation, that handled incorrectly could result in a lawsuit. These opinion letters can then act as guidance …

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Paying for overtime with cash under the table is NOT a good practice!

Reading through the USDOL press releases it appears that many companies have problems paying for overtime. Case after case show companies being fined for overtime violations and recordkeeping errors. At an average of about $250,000 per case, plus whatever the legal costs were, a lot of overtime could have been paid for without getting in …

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Being Dumb is better than being bad: A Wage Theft Follow-Up

On the 26th I wrote a post about wage theft, imploring employers not to do things that could be perceived as “wage theft” by their employees or by a court which might hear the case later. I did say that I thought that most cases of wage theft were caused by a lack of knowledge …

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From the archive: Being on time: A personal rant

I am out of the office today, but I wanted to repost this based on a discussion that I had the other day. My conversation partner agreed with my on my philosophy of timeliness.  I have always been a stickler about time, at least my time. I don’t know if it was because I was …

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