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Time Tracking Tips That Keep You Compliant and Protected

Time tracking is incredibly important when you have employees, contractors, or even if you simply want to track your own productivity. No matter how many people you employ, having a solid time tracking system ensures that your workers are paid properly and accurately. It also gives you insight into your productivity on projects and your progress towards accomplishing company goals. Tracking time accurately also means you can bill clients properly, which avoids embarrassing and costly mistakes. Improving transparency and accuracy is key to staying compliant with labor laws while protecting you against pesky fees from the Department of Labor.

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Scheduling Laws: How Much Time to Give Employees Between Shifts

Scheduling employees correctly is important in ensuring smooth operations at the workplace. Not only must you confirm that employees are available, but you must also comply with local and federal scheduling rules. You must keep scheduling laws into consideration to protect you from potential fees and penalties in the future.

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Is it Legal to Require Employees to Find Coverage for Time Off?

Asking for time off can be confusing for some, especially since the federal government doesn’t have regulations for sick or vacation time. Time off is mostly left to each employer’s individual discretion, which often leaves employees confused about the rules. They may wonder, for instance, whether an employer can require them to find coverage for time off. Well, can they? Let’s learn more…

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How to Combat Low Motivation and Performance Drops During a Pandemic

Contributed by: Jen McKenzie

As a manager or team leader, ensuring that your team maintains a high level of motivation is crucial. This is true no matter what industry you’re in since your employees are the lifeblood of your organization. However, this can be easier said than done.

Modern challenges, such as COVID-19 and the move by many companies to remote working arrangements, mean that your team might not all be working in the same location. Research by Harvard has shown that remote teams tend to struggle with motivation. This problem can lead to lower performance and, ultimately, to less growth.

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Payroll Report: Overlapping Records and How to Fix Them

When closing payroll periods, accuracy is key!  Several recent studies have shown that inaccurate payroll can affect company branding, reputation, and retention. In fact, a study by Kronos stated that 24% of employees will seek new employment after the first payroll mistake and 25% will leave after the second mistake. Therefore, you’re going to want to ensure that you keep mistakes to a minimum if you want to keep employees happy and dedicated. Luckily, Timesheets.com has built-in warnings and hard stops to highlight possible errors, which allows you to correct errors prior to paying staff.

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Reasons Why You Have to Back Pay Employees

If an employee needs to receive back pay, this means that the employee wasn’t compensated correctly for their work. An employee may be owed back pay for bonuses, promotions, pay increases, or for hours they worked. Whatever the case may be, back pay is something that employers need to take seriously and handle in a timely manner. 

Here’s what you need to know:

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CA Locks Down Their Meal Break Requirements

California is known for its strict employment laws, and meal breaks are no exception. Recently, the meal break violations in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC, have elucidated some issues surrounding CA timekeeping rules. This case specifically highlighted issues related to meal breaks and time rounding. Overall, it’s best to steer clear of time rounding practices when it comes to employee meal periods. If you’re a business owner or manager, you need to understand this case to know how to handle meal periods moving forward.

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The 2020 Tax Filing Deadline is Extended to May 2021!

If you’re a procrastinator, much like the 50-million people who didn’t file their taxes in 2019 until April 15th, I have good news for you! The U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax due date will extend from April 15th, 2021 to May 17th, 2021, giving everyone an extra month to gather their 2020 tax information.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Piece-Rate Pay: Should You Do it?

As a business owner, you have the choice to compensate your employees utilizing a number of different methods, as long as you meet federal and state law requirements. One option employers can give their workers is called “piece-rate” pay. Piece-rate compensation allows the employee to earn pay based on the units created rather than the hours they worked.  

If you’re thinking about paying your workers using a piece-rate system, here’s some things you should consider:

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A Year of Lockdown: How to Help Your Employees Stay Sane

For most of us, life changed dramatically nearly one year ago, in March 2020. As the one-year anniversary of the life-changing pandemic nears, you may find you or someone you know hitting a wall. These are challenging times that require extra grace, kindness, and compassion. As a business owner, supervisor, or manager, riding the waves of the pandemic storm also includes maintaining employee engagement. Here’s how you can help your staff stay sane as the pandemic rages on.

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Calculating Overtime for an Alternative Workweek Schedule in California

Overtime rules in the United States are generally simple. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees who work over 40 hours a week earn 1.5x their normal rate of pay for overtime hours. If employees earn multiple pay rates during their shifts (perhaps due to different positions they may have within a company), business owners must calculate their regular rate of pay for overtime and pay their workers accordingly. If you’re in a state like California, overtime becomes a little more complicated. Employees in California earn daily overtime and may even earn double time depending on how many hours they work. Not only that, but other overtime rules apply when employees are on an Alternative Workweek Schedule. 

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