Archive for May, 2012

Determining Whether to Pay an Employee Hourly or With a Salary

May 30th, 2012

It is quite common in the construction and cleaning industries to pay employees on an hourly basis. However, when you’re just starting your business, or hiring new employees, you may choose to explore your options before coming to this decision. So, what exactly do you need to look at to determine if you should pay an employee on an hourly basis or with a salary?

The consistency of the work and hours – in many industries and positions, it is typical for an individual to work 9am to 5pm on a regular basis. In other roles and industries, there may …

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Disciplining Employees That Don’t Clock In

May 25th, 2012

Despite what the laws say, most employers do not want to neglect paying an employee who was present and working; even if they forgot to clock in as required. So what other options do you have to ensure that they don’t do it again in the future?

Pay only for their scheduled shift – if the employee stayed an extra 30 minutes after their shift to continue working, then consider paying them only for the time that they were initially scheduled to be there. After all, it may be the only verifiable time!
Include clocking-in under company policy – if clocking …

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Clocking In Systems – The Good and the Bad

May 18th, 2012

Having a method to clock in and out every day isn’t just for payroll purposes.  Clocking in and out allows you to keep track of both employee attendance and productivity as well as deal with pay.  Thus, it’s important to implement a system that works with your business, not against it. Some of the most common time management systems include:


Punch cards – are one of the oldest methods for clocking in, but in an electronic age they’ve become rather outdated. This system can also be time consuming for you to when handling payroll.
Sign in/out …

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Tracking Employee Hours in the Hospitality Industry

May 11th, 2012

When you have a catering business, there is nothing more challenging than keeping track of staff. Typically, catering employees are checking in only once they get to the job site, where of course there isn’t an HR office for the team. This makes it a lot harder to ensure that people have arrived on time, and that they clock out when they’re done.

This doesn’t have to become a problem, the payroll nightmare can be avoided simply by using portable time clocks that ensure that employees really don’t need to go out of their way in order to sign in.  …

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Encouraging Employees to Use Portable Time Clocks

May 4th, 2012

If you are introducing the use of portable time clocks for the first time to your staff, you may find that the idea is met with some contention. Staff may initially feel as though you are introducing the use of portable time clocks because you don’t trust them to report their own hours accurately. Although this may be a factor in your decision, it’s not typically the only reason, and you need to persuade employees that it’s for their benefit as well.

Some of the ways that using a portable time clock will benefit each employee include:

Accurate payroll – …

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