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14 Sep 2017
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Protect Your Business—the Smart Way

Too many businesses fall victim to employee theft. Protect your business with smart security solutions from Time Management Systems.

Even the smallest change can save money—or your entire business. Employee theft accounts for almost 43 percent of inventory shrinkage in retail, and 33 percent of business bankruptcies.

From professional consultations to completely updated security systems, Time Management Systems has what you need. Our experts will recommend the best security technology for your business, building, and schedule.

Then, our products ensure that anything you want protected stays that way.

  • Use controlled access for sensitive areas
  • Watch video from high-resolution security cameras—right on your phone or computer
  • Alert and dispatch law enforcement with intrusion alarms

Put your mind at ease when you put our products to work. Talk to us today, and we’ll help you get to a safer place!

14 Sep 2017
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Overtime Rule Appeal Dropped

The U.S. Justice Department announced on September 5 that it will not defend the Labor Department ruling for extended overtime benefits. The rule, which would increase the salary threshold that qualifies workers for overtime pay, has been on hold since November 2016.

The rule would have required employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to most salaried workers earning less than $47,476 per year. Such an increase would have affected more than four million workers, more than doubling the current overtime pay cutoff of $23,660.

Judge Amos Mazzant, who initially blocked the rule, stated that it “improperly focused on workers’ salaries rather than job descriptions.” The Restaurant Law Center, along with other affected groups and businesses, have stated that they will continue working with the Department of Labor to see that workable changes to the overtime rule are enacted.

14 Sep 2017

TMS Recognized for Top Sales Performance

Time Management Systems has been honored again for top sales performance and customer service. InfoTronics presented TMS with the second-place award for this year’s Dealer of the Year at the InfoTronics annual channel partner meeting.

“This means so much to us,” said Mindy Kroll, vice president of sales at TMS. “We have a great team dedicated to serving great customers, and we couldn’t have received this honor without them all.”

TMS has worked with InfoTronics, a national leader in time and attendance software development, since 1994. Together the groups provide time-saving solutions for businesses across all industries—including healthcare, education, manufacturing, and more.

“To us, this is more than an award,” said Kroll. “It’s a statement that, even though we’re smaller and more rural than most of the competition, our people make great things like this possible.”

About InfoTronics

InfoTronics, Inc. develops and provides time and attendance software solutions to organizations in North America. The company’s time and attendance solutions include human resource and payroll policies, workforce management, scheduling, benefit accruals, employee self service and kiosk, leave management, incidents and points, coverage budgets, and time and attendance reports.

25 Jul 2017
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How Agile is Your Business?

In an ever-changing workplace landscape, an agile human resources department is the difference between keeping business moving and trying to keep up.

Business agility is the ability to respond and adapt quickly to both internal and external environment changes. Technology helps with this agility by allowing us to not only be aware of changes, but also to react to them.

The technology you use and changes you face depend on your business, but both of these factors will always impact your HR professionals. Without HR agility, your business may slow or suffer when changes occur.

What does an agile HR team look like?

An agile human resources model approaches the typical office responsibilities from a more efficient direction. In addition to setting, monitoring, and enforcing workplace policies, agile HR teams adapt these policies to internal and external requirements.

An agile HR team is one that:

  • Delivers a strong, focused mission and keeps all employees engaged with it
  • Encourages collaboration, information-sharing, and project management
  • Offers peer-to-peer rewards and recognition
  • Motivates employees to be innovative and adaptable

The result is streamlined and productive collaboration among employees, empowering them to be ready for any changes that occur.

How do you get there?

With everything that your HR team does, there are countless practices and technologies to make them more agile—and time tracking software is one of them.

Time and attendance software from Time Management Systems helps your HR team monitor everything from government policy changes to employees’ paid time off. Encourage collaboration with Employee Self-Service modules that allow employees to enter hours worked, access schedules, and view benefits. Use the Incidents and Points module to reward and recognize employees for accurate attendance.

Our modules will communicate with any software you have, allowing you to adapt to whatever situations arise.

We can help!

At Time Management Systems, we’re committed to making your workplace more agile and efficient. Our products are designed to adapt based on your needs—and are backed by our expert customer service. Get in touch with us to learn more!

16 May 2017

The Working Families Flexibility Act: What you should know

The House of Representatives recently passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180), an act that would provide employees more workplace flexibility. The bill aims to give private-sector employees a choice in how they’re compensated for working more than 40 hours during a given workweek: either with cash wages or in the form of paid time off (PTO).

Employees could earn 1.5 hours of PTO, rather than being paid time-and-a-half, for every overtime hour worked. The bill has sparked much debate—despite the fact that 85 percent of employees consider workplace flexibility a major factor in taking a new job.

While waiting to see whether it passes through the Senate, here’s what you and your employees should know about the Working Families Flexibility Act.

Compensatory paid time off is optional

Private-sector employers can choose to offer PTO accrual as an alternative to overtime wages. However, they must offer both options—no employer can make compensatory PTO a requirement. Employees then have a choice between the two, and it’s entirely up to the employee.

Both employees and employers are protected

No employee can be forced to choose compensatory PTO instead of wages. Employers and employees must complete and sign a written agreement stating that the employee accepts, knowingly and voluntarily, to use compensatory time in lieu of wages. If a union represents an employee, the union must also be part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Employees will be paid for overtime—no matter what

Employees can earn up to 160 hours of compensatory PTO and are free to “cash out” their hours as they choose. The bill states that an employee who requests time off “shall be permitted by the employer to use such time within a reasonable period after making the request if the use of compensatory time does not unduly disrupt the operations of the employer.”

Employers have to approve the amount and dates of time requested off. This particular detail has caused the most debate, due to the fear that employers might “scam” employees and reject time off requests. However, no bill can be without regulations, as there will always be those who try to take advantage of the system.

The bill therefore ensures that employees are compensated for working overtime, no matter what. Employers designate and communicate to their employees a 12-month period—either a calendar year or some other 12-month period determined by the employer—during which the compensatory time must be used. Any PTO not used within 31 days of the designated 12-month period must be paid out to employees at the time-and-a-half overtime rate.

What does this mean for you?

This idea is nothing new—state and local government employees are already given the option between PTO and overtime pay. However, as of now, the Senate will have to vote in favor of the bill before it can move forward. If it passes, the proposed law would offer private-sector workers the flexibility to attend to personal needs and balance them more evenly with workplace commitments.

Still have questions? Read more about the Working Families Flexibility Act, or get in touch with us. We’re always happy to help!