The Quickstart Guide to Time Tracking for Remote Workers: A Guest Post

Remote teams are becoming commonplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, businesses are using time tracking tools to manage work hours for their teams. What should you know about remote time tracking and how can you start using it to its full potential? The Growth of Remote Teams There’s no doubt that the …

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Three Monday morning HR lessons: Learning from the bad judgment of others

Most of us have probably seen the quote “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment”, a quote attributed to numerous people. The important thing to realize is that it does not always have to be your bad judgment that you learn from, you can learn from the bad judgment of others. …

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Why it is important for employees to understand about timekeeping

I overheard an interesting conversation this morning, or at least it was to an HR geek. I was in a medical office and heard several nurses talking about when they clock-in. The conversation went something like this: The scenario Nurse 1 “Did you find out why I got in trouble?” Nurse 2 “Yes, you did …

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Lunch time and the telecommuting employee

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that nonexempt employees are paid for ALL time worked. It is the tracking of this time that becomes the basis for payment of overtime. The requirement under the FLSA is that nonexempt employees are paid overtime for all hours worked that exceed 40 hours in a week. Seems …

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Not Paying Overtime May Result in Loss of Your Business License

  Perhaps it started with Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor, announcing that employers were stealing a $1,000,000 a week from their employees and she was the new sheriff in town and she was going to correct that. But since then a number of states and municipalities have been passing “Wage Theft” laws. Additionally, the …

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How to Build in Overtime: Non-Exempt Employees and Smart Phone Use

  I am sitting watching the news when a report comes up talking about a lawsuit filed in Chicago by a police sergeant. He claims as a non-exempt employee is due overtime for all the off-duty use of his Blackberry. The courts have allowed him to seek other members of the police department for a …

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Timekeeping Methods the USDOL Encourages Your Employees to Use

In case you haven’t heard the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Divison, is encouraging your employees to report you. They are doing this several ways, including three timekeeping methods the encourage your employees to use. Of course this is nothing new. The Department of Labor has always been the instrument to investigate and …

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USDOL Timekeeping App: Better Watch For It

I participated in a webinar today about the FLSA and breaks and meal times. I have written about this before (see Breaks, Meal Times and the FLSA) so I am not going to repeat that information. In the discussion we were having I mentioned that employers needed to pay attention to recording break times because their employees …

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The USDOL Arms Employees With a New Timekeeping App

First there was the “We Can Help” program. Then there was the hiring of 250 new Wage & Hour investigators. More recently there has been the “Bridge to Justice” program which matches people who file complaints with plaintiffs attorneys. Now the US Department of Labor has released a smart phone application that allows employees to …

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