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ProPunch101

Recently, we introduced Acroprint’s newest time tracking solution, ProPunch. This innovative system is a bit different from our previous software solutions. It offers some interesting (and cool!) features that you might not be used to in traditional time-tracking software. So how about if we take a few minutes to get to know ProPunch a bit better?

By |2019-03-18T11:10:27-04:00March 18th, 2019|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on ProPunch101

Wage and Hour Outlook 2019

Once again, it's time for our annual predictions of what to expect in wage and hour law in the new year. Read this article to find out more about the issues that will likely be top of mind for managers who want to help their organizations better manage their workforce and avoid legal liabilities in 2019.

By |2019-01-24T13:17:09-04:00January 23rd, 2019|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Wage and Hour Outlook 2019

Outsourcing Payroll Processing: Should You, or Shouldn’t You?

According to a survey by the American Payroll Association, payroll processing is one of the most commonly outsourced human resources functions. But is outsourcing the best way for your organization to handle this important task? Read this article to find out.

By |2018-10-21T22:51:12-04:00August 13th, 2018|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Outsourcing Payroll Processing: Should You, or Shouldn’t You?

Overtime: Myths and Facts

For most businesses, one of their largest expenses is labor costs. Many businesses try to control labor costs by limiting the amount of overtime they pay. Unfortunately, some tactics used to limit overtime costs can backfire — costing the organization far more in the long run than they might have “saved” initially. The Fair Labor [...]

By |2018-03-27T22:14:11-04:00March 28th, 2018|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Overtime: Myths and Facts

Wage and Hour Outlook 2018

Once again it's time to peer into the crystal ball, swirl the tea leaves, consult my spirit guide and otherwise attempt to predict what wage and hour issues might be coming down the pike in the coming year. The year 2017 saw some significant changes in wage and hour regulations, and I believe we'll be [...]

By |2018-02-21T11:13:27-04:00January 24th, 2018|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Wage and Hour Outlook 2018

Natural Disasters Don’t Have to Become Payroll Disasters

There are laws addressing when a business that's closed due to a disaster has to pay its employees. Ignoring these rules can leave you open to a double whammy — not only do you get hit by the disaster itself, but also by possible wage and hour lawsuits or a Department of Labor audit. Read this article to find out what you need to do to stay on the right side of payroll law after a disaster.

By |2018-02-21T00:58:03-04:00October 6th, 2017|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Natural Disasters Don’t Have to Become Payroll Disasters

What’s Up With the Department of Labor?

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a few important changes. In the short run, these changes may not mean much for employers, but over time they have the potential to change the employment landscape in significant ways. Read this article to find out more.

By |2017-07-11T15:40:08-04:00June 28th, 2017|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on What’s Up With the Department of Labor?

Great Expectations

You could soon be looking at valuable experience and institutional knowledge walking out the door... and having to fill vacancies in a significant number of your existing positions. Fortunately, AcroTime is an easy-to-use tool available to help — even if you don't have a dedicated Human Resources department.

By |2017-06-09T16:13:46-04:00June 8th, 2017|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Great Expectations

Off the Clock, On the Hook

The FLSA requires employers to pay workers for time they're suffered or permitted to work. Courts have ruled if an employer knew - or should have known - about time worked, the time must be paid... even if the employee doesn't officially report it.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:19-04:00April 26th, 2017|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Off the Clock, On the Hook

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

It's no secret employment lawsuits are on the rise. Defending against a lawsuit is time-consuming and expensive. And the cost of back wages, fines, and penalties is going up all the time. Even if you settle before the case goes to trial, you could still be on the hook for a substantial amount. Read this article to find out what's behind many of these lawsuits and steps you can take to prevent them.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:20-04:00February 3rd, 2017|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Wage & Hour Outlook 2017

It's time once again to peer into the trusty old crystal ball and try to predict the major trends in wage and hour for the coming year. With the election of Donald Trump, we know things are going to change — the question is what will change, and how.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:20-04:00December 27th, 2016|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Wage & Hour Outlook 2017

Is It Time To Let Go?

Many of us have a tendency to hold on to things, sometimes longer than we should. We cling to things for security, when in reality they may be holding us back or even causing us harm. Here's the big question: how do you know when it's time to upgrade - or replace entirely - your old time and attendance system?

By |2017-05-08T16:50:21-04:00September 9th, 2016|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Is It Time To Let Go?

How To Survive a DOL Audit

It can happen to any business, at any time. A knock at the door, and suddenly you're facing a team of Department of Labor (DOL) investigators demanding you produce your payroll and tax records. It can be a scary situation! It helps to have a plan in place, so you know what to do and how to respond.

By |2019-01-24T13:57:35-04:00April 15th, 2016|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on How To Survive a DOL Audit

Are You a Joint Employer?

Traditionally, joint employment has existed when an employee works for two different organizations which are closely enough related that they could be considered essentially the same. Under the terms of guidance recently issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), many more organizations may now find themselves classified as joint employers.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:22-04:00March 10th, 2016|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Are You a Joint Employer?

Don’t Try This At Home

Sometimes, you end up shaking your head at the lengths to which unscrupulous employers will go when trying to avoid paying their workers properly. Sometimes it may be inadvertent, but in all too many cases it's clear the employer knew exactly what they were doing. Read on for a few of the examples I've collected recently.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:22-04:00February 4th, 2016|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Don’t Try This At Home

Fun Facts & Startling Statistics

Since tracking employee work time is all about the numbers, it’s not surprising that the industry has accumulated a whole bunch of statistics and survey results. Some of them can be interesting, some are instructive, and some can be downright surprising.

By |2019-01-24T16:44:37-04:00December 4th, 2015|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Fun Facts & Startling Statistics

Installed Software Or The Cloud

It seems when it comes to using a computer to track employee time, you have two choices. Either you can install software on your own computer, or you can sign up for a cloud-based subscription service. How can a manager decide which is best for her organization?

By |2017-05-08T16:50:23-04:00August 29th, 2015|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Installed Software Or The Cloud

Why Workforce Management?

Do you believe the marketplace demands an agile and flexible workforce? Do you need better access to workforce data to improve your decision making? Do you want to save money, reduce errors and increase employee satisfaction? If you answered yes to any of these questions, automated workforce management may be just what you need.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:23-04:00May 5th, 2015|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Why Workforce Management?

2015 Wage and Hour Outlook

It's time once again to gaze into the crystal ball and try to predict what wage and hour issues will be at the forefront in 2015. Employers who want to avoid wage and hour liability will likely want to focus on these issues in the coming year.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:23-04:00December 30th, 2014|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on 2015 Wage and Hour Outlook

10 Year-End Payroll Best Practices

For most in-house payroll professionals, year-end is the bane of your existence. Our company's employees are counting on us to be sure that their W-2's, 1099's and other end-of-year reports are spot on. Although it can seem like an overwhelming task, it's absolutely do-able.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:24-04:00October 17th, 2014|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on 10 Year-End Payroll Best Practices

How to Insure a Smooth Transition to Your New Labor Tracking System

So, you've decided it's time to upgrade to a new automated time and attendance system. A wise decision! Here are a few tips to help you select the right options for you, avoid any last-minute glitches and ensure employee acceptance of the new system.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:24-04:00September 3rd, 2014|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on How to Insure a Smooth Transition to Your New Labor Tracking System

Who You Gonna Call? Wastebusters!

Payroll waste is like a poltergeist, floating around your premises largely unseen, wreaking havoc everywhere it goes. And, like a ghost, many may not even believe it exists at your company. But it does exist, and the problem may be bigger than you think.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:24-04:00June 30th, 2014|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Who You Gonna Call? Wastebusters!

3 Ways An Outdated HR System Hurts Your Business

Sometimes, when we consider adding or updating a business system, we only look at the out-of-pocket costs. When it comes to your human resources recordkeeping, this can be a huge mistake. Sticking with an old or outdated system — or worse, having no system at all — can cost your company far more than what you could ever spend on the update.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:25-04:00May 30th, 2014|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on 3 Ways An Outdated HR System Hurts Your Business

Look Out, Here Comes 2014!

“Forewarned is forearmed,” goes the old saying. And it's definitely true where wage and hour law is concerned. To minimize our wage and hour liability, what should we be focusing on for 2014? Worker Classification There are many incentives for employers to classify workers as contractors, including savings on taxes, paperwork reduction and more. But [...]

By |2017-05-08T16:50:26-04:00December 30th, 2013|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Look Out, Here Comes 2014!

I’m So Excited! Updated timeQplus Offers Most-Requested Features

OK, I admit it. I'm a time and attendance geek. I get a thrill over things like software updates. Which is why I've been especially giddy the past few days: there's a new version of our timeQplus software available! But lest you think I'm completely unhinged, let me tell you about a few of the [...]

By |2017-05-08T16:50:29-04:00October 16th, 2013|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on I’m So Excited! Updated timeQplus Offers Most-Requested Features

The Truth About Biometrics

Recently, I came across a blog post in which the author opined biometrics are “sheer overkill” when used for time and attendance. I could not disagree more. The emergence of affordable, easy-to-use biometric technology for time recording brings key benefits to business owners and employees.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:30-04:00May 23rd, 2013|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on The Truth About Biometrics

To Forgive, Divine

We're only human. When an employee files a wage and hour complaint or launches a lawsuit, the temptation can be strong to “get back” at the worker. However tempting it might be to lash out against the person who complained, it's always a bad idea, for a number of reasons. This article explains why.

By |2019-01-24T16:29:11-04:00March 26th, 2013|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on To Forgive, Divine

The Hidden Costs of Payroll Processing

Every transaction carries hidden costs. In some cases the hidden costs can far outweigh the obvious out-of-pocket price. Sadly, we are not as good at recognizing these hidden costs as we are more obvious expenses. But when we don't take them into account, we may end up making decisions that ultimately cost our company big money.

By |2019-01-24T17:02:58-04:00February 21st, 2013|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on The Hidden Costs of Payroll Processing

The Class (Actions) of 2013

Every January, law firm Seyfarth Shaw issues a review of the previous years' class action litigation and their predictions for trends in the coming year. We'll take a closer look at what they think is going to happen and how it could affect employers.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:31-04:00January 30th, 2013|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on The Class (Actions) of 2013

Don’t Let a Natural Disaster Become a Wage and Hour Catastrophe

The longer you're in business, the more likely it becomes that you will one day have to deal with the after-effects of a disaster. It's hard enough for a business to recover from a disaster as it is. The last thing you need when you're already struggling is to find yourself in hot water over wage and hour violations. It's a good idea to look through these timely reminders now, so you'll know what to do before disaster strikes.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:31-04:00November 29th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Don’t Let a Natural Disaster Become a Wage and Hour Catastrophe

Five Simple Best Practices

The best workforce management solution in the world won't do you any good if it's still sitting in its box on top of your file cabinet. What can you do to make the implementation process smoother and easier? Read this article to learn five simple best practices that will get you off on the right foot with your new employee time tracking system.

By |2019-01-24T15:33:47-04:00September 28th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Five Simple Best Practices

Some Cost “Savings” Are No Bargain

Most business owners are on the lookout for cost savings, especially where payroll and labor cost are concerned. Unfortunately, some attempts at "creative cost containment" go horribly awry and end up costing the business much more in the long run. Read more for stories of lessons learned the hard way.

By |2018-02-23T11:24:16-04:00August 30th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Some Cost “Savings” Are No Bargain

Five Things You May Not Know About Wage and Hour Investigations

Any business that has employees is liable someday to become the target of a Department of Labor wage and hour investigation. As scary as an investigation can be, it’s even more frightening when you don’t know what to expect. This article presents five things you may not know about wage and hour investigations, along with a few simple steps you can take to minimize your risk.

By |2019-01-24T14:00:34-04:00May 17th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Five Things You May Not Know About Wage and Hour Investigations

Top Three Wage & Hour Pitfalls of 2012

Wage and hour lawsuits are on the rise, and business wage and hour practices are under a microscope. What are the three biggest wage and hour pitfalls that can trip up even well meaning business owners? How can you protect yourself against an expensive employment lawsuit or DOL investigation?

By |2017-05-08T16:50:32-04:00April 20th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Top Three Wage & Hour Pitfalls of 2012

An Inside Look At The New timeQplus

Now offering support for magnetic-stripe and barcode terminals in addition to the existing proximity badge and biometric terminals, timeQplus time and attendance software has been updated to be even more robust and versatile. This upgraded workforce management solution now also offers job costing, improved hardware installation tools and an updated interface.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:33-04:00February 29th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on An Inside Look At The New timeQplus

Resolutions and Roadblocks

Every day you limp along with your old or outdated time and attendance solution your business is losing money - to time theft, inefficient processes and clerical errors. It's time to make a New Years resolution to upgrade to a modern automated time and attendance software system. Here's how to overcome common roadblocks that might otherwise stop you from keeping this resolution.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:33-04:00January 19th, 2012|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Resolutions and Roadblocks

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad DOL?

The US Department of Labor (DOL) launched a number of initiatives in 2010 and 2011, aimed at educating employees and business owners about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), encouraging employer compliance, and making it easier for employees to file FLSA complaints. Here's the one best thing you can do to help protect your business from liability for back wages, penalties and fines.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:33-04:00October 1st, 2011|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad DOL?

Tracking Time in the Cloud

Perhaps you've been wondering why you should choose an online subscription-based time tracking solution instead of purchased/installed software. Cloud-based time and attendance offers distinct benefits. Let's take a look at a few of them to see if tracking time online is suitable for your organization.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:34-04:00September 1st, 2011|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Tracking Time in the Cloud

Mid-Year Legal Roundup

So far, 2011 has seen several important wage and hour lawsuit decisions and significant new employment laws passed. Let's take a closer look at these developments and explore their possible effect on your business.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:34-04:00August 1st, 2011|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Mid-Year Legal Roundup

How To Get More Value From Your Time and Attendance System: Rounding

Acroprint time and attendance software includes many features designed to help you control and manage labor costs. One such feature is rounding. Find out how rounding works and what you need to know to make best use of this powerful configuration setting.

By |2019-01-24T16:40:23-04:00June 10th, 2011|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on How To Get More Value From Your Time and Attendance System: Rounding

10 Questions You Should Answer When Choosing a Time & Attendance Solution

With all the choices available for recording employee time and attendance, making a decision can be stressful and confusing. Answering just a few questions about your business environment and needs can help narrow your alternatives and ensure you choose the best solution for you.

By |2019-01-24T15:36:39-04:00November 6th, 2010|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on 10 Questions You Should Answer When Choosing a Time & Attendance Solution

Looking Ahead

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released their Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. This article focuses on two wage and hour issues identified in the Agenda for DOL attention: classification of employees versus independent contractors, and the overtime exemption for home companions.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:36-04:00June 6th, 2010|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Looking Ahead

The Bottom Line on Biometrics

Many businesses have turned to biometrics to eliminate costly buddy punching. If you're considering biometric technology to track time and attendance, or if you're wondering if biometrics can help you, this article offers information you can use.

By |2017-05-08T16:50:36-04:00May 6th, 2010|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on The Bottom Line on Biometrics

Employee or Contractor?

Employee classification is more than just hourly and salaried. There's also the issue of classification of employee versus independent contractor. This issue will be receiving a great deal of interest and focus from the Department of Labor in 2010 and beyond. What do you need to know to keep your business safe?

By |2017-05-08T16:50:36-04:00April 5th, 2010|Newsletter Archives|Comments Off on Employee or Contractor?