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Ease-of-use, intuitive and simple are the buzzwords applied to many of today’s applications by vendors in the; time and attendance, to enterprise resource planning (ERP), human resources information systems (HRIS), payroll and/or human capital management applications (HCM) space. However, with the pace of technology and all that it encompasses including; machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud analytics–some of today’s software solutions are far from simple.

An Application That’s Easy To Use, Will Increase User Adoption

Is it possible to have a solution that has the best of what’s today’s advanced technology offers, and at the same time, is easy to use? Well, if you are using an ATS time and attendance solution, the simple answer is yes, you can get both. Whether you are an advanced user or a novice, ATS time and attendance solutions gives you the best of both worlds.

Benefits Include:

  1. Features: Are very important in order to make a solution easy to use without heavy customizations that create unwanted barriers to further innovation. ATS time and attendance is powerful, yet user-friendly, with real-time automated tasks, and gives you access to your workforce – wherever you are in the world.
  2. Cloud Computing: Built on a solid cloud platform, ATS time and attendance enables HR and payroll practitioners to streamline labour costs and enhance visibility, accuracy, and control over workforce costs. ATS time and attendance cloud updates, and intuitive compliance dashboards, makes it easy to comply with federal, provincial and state work-rules. And, the added flexibility, of the ATS cloud computing platform enables enterprises of all size to handle the most rigorous requirements around collective bargaining agreements.
  3. Analytics and Business Intelligence: ATS time and attendance supports the full HR and time tracking journey, from on boarding, to data migration, and

on-boarding, to analytics that will turn the tide of your business and will boost growth and productivity– all derived, from a modern user interface.

Want to know more? Go to our website and to get access to bi-monthly webinars, download a demonstration or contact us at 866.294.2467.

It’s Thanksgiving Day across Canada and if your payroll or HR personnel are wondering how they are going to assign the holiday pay to employees to eligible employees then your company, is behind the proverbial “Eight-Ball”.

In an article by Jon Hyman for workforce.com, titled, “8 Things You Need to Know About Holiday Pay” it lists some common questions that many companies still ask today about holiday pay for its employees. We selected three out of the eight that can be applied to both Canada and the United States. In no particular order they are:

“Can we require employees to work on holidays? Because holiday closings are a discretionary benefit, you can require that employees work on a holiday. In fact, the operational needs of some businesses will require that some employees work on holidays (hospitals, for example).

Can we place conditions on the receipt of holiday pay? Yes. For example, some employers are concerned that employees will combine a paid holiday with other paid time off to create extended vacations. To guard again this situation, some companies require employees to work the day before and after a paid holiday to be eligible to receive holiday pay.

If an employee takes a day off as a religious accommodation, does it have to be paid? An employer must reasonably accommodate an employee whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with a work requirement, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. One example of a reasonable accommodation is unpaid time off for a religious holiday or observance. Another is allowing an employee to use a vacation day for the observance”.

When it comes to holiday pay, it is unwise to assume and far better to be accurate. Depending on the jurisdiction in which your company operates, holiday pay calculations can be different. Government entities from Alberta to Yukon and other regions across Canada, have statutory holiday pay guidelines on their websites that your company can use.  And, if your company has a collective bargaining agreement, this also has to be taken into consideration. One thing we know for sure is that if you are using an automated time and attendance system, but still have to figure out which employee worked the holiday through spreadsheets, then you are likely using the wrong system. And, as for manual time tracking, it won’t help you help you figure out how to apply statutory holiday pay.

There is no need for your payroll or HR department to be stressed out, if your company is using ATS TimeWork OnDemand. ATS TimeWork OnDemand is a dynamic, and award-wining application that automates the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours. This intuitive and robust solution automatically calculates and applies holiday pay based on eligibility and your company’s work rule policies, and leverages collected attendance data so you can minimize unapproved overtime, thus reducing labour costs.  ATS TimeWork OnDemand is supported by powerful analytics tools, and is relied on by thousands of organizations to improve workforce productivity.

Bottom-line, if your HR or payroll manager is using ATS TimeWork OnDemand, they no longer have to worry about manually assigning holiday pay. After all, part of the Canadian Thanksgiving is to witness the colour of the leaves, as they change, eat lots of turkey and spend time with friends and family alike.

To learn about ATS Time and Attendance Solution download, a demonstration or call 866.294.2467.

It’s another Statutory Holiday And Your Payroll Practitioner Is Scrambling, Why Is That?

We at ATS continually espouse the benefits of an automated time and attendance, but we have also stressed that it does not have to be a complicated process. And, while it’s true that an organization with multiple locations, different collective bargaining agreements, and its adherence to regional and federal work rules can increase the complexity and amount of time it takes to install such a system, sticking starting with the basics can make a world of difference.

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Here three simple rules to follow once you have decided to deploy a time and attendance:

Reports
Find out which reports are most important to you. For example, if you need a report that shows which or how many hours employees worked on a; daily, weekly and monthly basis, this should suffice as a starting point. Other simple reports may include; exceptions, overtime, daily time in and out and, a few payroll reports to ensure you have the proper information before exporting employee hours to your payroll, CRM, ERP, HR or talent management software. This, however, is not to suggest, you should not explore the full library of reports within a time and attendance system, or look for a solution that has the capability to provide analytics and Big Data tools to support your organizational growth.

Employee Time Clock
When deciding which time clock to use, think about your organizational philosophy and, more importantly, your actual work environment. Would biometric face recognition be better suited or would or a proximity or magnetic time clock avail itself as the better option? These are considerations that should be given once you decide which time and attendance to deploy.

Project Manager
Traditionally this role has fallen to the IT manager or consultant. But, in actuality, HR and/or the payroll practitioner and to some extent, finance personnel are responsible for the management of employee time tracking. So, would it not make sense that such a project be headed by one of these individuals? That’s not to say the role of IT is less important, it just means that the very people who manage the daily tracking of employee hours would know more, than anyone else, about your company’s time and attendance requirements. And, so, it stands to reason, that their role when choosing a solution should be elevated- in short, they are the ones that should be your project managers, with the understanding that they seek assistance and/or guidance from other departments including; IT and other operational managers.

Whether you are moving from paper time sheets to an automated time and attendance solution or merely upgrading to a new solution, removing the complications will help the deployment go a bit smoother.

To learn more about ATS Time and Attendance solutions, go to our website. And to register for one of our weekly webinars, contact us.

An Effective Cloud System Will Prepare You For The Fair Labor Standards Act

July 20th, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Collective Bargaining | Employee Time Tracking | Labor costs - (Comments Off on An Effective Cloud System Will Prepare You For The Fair Labor Standards Act)

The Department of Labor (DOL) has given businesses advanced notice so, they can prepare their organizations in time and being compliance with the upcoming December 1, 2016 when the new overtime rules takes effect. And, to that end, the system you are using should allow you to automatically record overtime for exempt employees at certain salary levels and job profiles. To some extent that may be easier said than done, because we are not referring to spreadsheets here as that mode of tracking of paying employee won’t cut it, especially, if the Department of Labor (DOL) comes knocking on your door.

A Effective Cloud System Will Prepare Your For The Fair Labor Standards Act

When these new overtime rules take effect companies need to ensure they have:

  • Implemented the necessary changes within their time attendance system to accommodate the overtime rule changes. If by chance, your system is archaic to begin with, this might be the perfect time to deploy a solution that not only meets all of those requirements, is robust and flexible enough grow with your organization.
  • Taken the necessary steps to determine the salary threshold and which employees qualify for overtime pay. The U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act has a plethora of information, from which you can glean.  If you are in the hospitality and/or retail industry, for example, you will need to figure out how this is going to impact your organization. Typically, managers in those industries and others work an inordinate amount of hours per week-but with the new rule employers will have to limit workers hours to 40 per week.
  • Used all the available resources at their disposal by ensuring tracking of employee hours is done accurately, hence, those clunky punch clocks and spreadsheets are simply not going to cut it anymore.

An effective time and attendance solution will accurately track employee hours, vacation and other leave management requirements, and provide real-time reporting analytics. Moreover, ATS cloud computing solution can quickly adhere to— work rule compliance, collective bargaining agreements (CBA), and will quickly adapt to the eligibility rules for exempt and non-exempt workers. So, if the Department of Labor comes knocking after December 1, 2016 you will have at your disposal, all required information.

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Infractions: Poor Record-Keeping, Unpaid Overtime and Holiday Pay

January 26th, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Benefit Accruals | Biometric Time Clocks | Collective Bargaining | Labour Analytics | Labour Costs | Leave Management | Overtime - (Comments Off on Infractions: Poor Record-Keeping, Unpaid Overtime and Holiday Pay)

A recent article in the Toronto Star newspaper, based, on a blitz by the Ontario Ministry of Labour into workplace violations by some companies, revealed, that a staggering number of these violations had to do with poor record-keeping, unpaid overtime and holiday pay. The issue of unpaid overtime is one that has lingered over some companies for the past several years. ATS cloud-based time and attendance was designed with built-in Canadian work-rules, can be deployed in only a matter of weeks and will help your company eradicate manual paper-based time tracking. And the best part, overtime is tracked and paid in accordance with jurisdictional pay policies.

If your company is considering deploying a time and attendance solution but remain ambivalent about its advantages, below, is a list of the three top benefits of an ATS time and attendance solution:

Infractions: Poor Record Keeping, Unpaid Overtime and Holiday Pay

Labour
Reducing costly calculation errors is just one reason to consider automating time and attendance management. Recent surveys from Aberdeen, Canadian Payroll (CPA) and American Payroll Association (APA), report that human error in manual time-card calculations is likely to cost a business between one and one-half to eight percent of its gross annual payroll. The manual calculation of employee time sheets takes an average of five minutes of administrative time per time sheet, equating to a loss of more than eight hours of productive time per pay period for an organization with 100 employees. These are alarming statistics, and frankly, not many companies would want to use valuable resources to track employee time manually, when this time could be spent with their customers, generating revenue.

Reduce Compliance Risk
ATS Time and Attendance has a set of built-in Canadian work rules to ensure pay compliance through automated wage and hour rules. ATS time and attendance will improve transaction times and information access through an intuitive user experience, thus, increasing profit margins while enhancing employee productivity. In other words, the tracking and paying of the appropriate; overtime, vacation, and other time-off request can be managed by our cloud-based time and attendance with ease.

Savings
An ATS time and attendance solution provides both direct and indirect investment returns. Automating your time and attendance process results in ongoing cost savings, such as a reduction in human-generated payroll errors, elimination of time theft from “buddy punching” through the use of biometric time clocks and overtime costs, as saved wages from enhanced productivity.

For example, when tracking time manually through spreadsheets or outdated methods, it’s not unusual to have employees claiming missed overtime and hours worked on their pay. Attempting to rectify this issue by counting hours collected on paper time-sheets can lead to additional errors. Perhaps the answer to this prevailing issue; is to automate the collection of employee hours, thereby gaining valuable data analytics, to help your organization, make effective business decisions that impacts, payroll cost and the bottom- line.

Infractions: Poor Record Keeping, Unpaid Overtime and Holiday Pay

Through the use of an ATS robust time and attendance solution, organizations are able to fully automate pay rules, work rules and benefit accrual rules as well as leave management, collective bargaining agreements (CBA), and exception-time (such as overtime) reporting. By having up-to-the-minute access to this information, organizations will gain complete and accurate visibility into their operations, thus, enabling them to meet production, forecasting and scheduling demands and stay compliant with the many federal and provincial, municipal and state laws, as well as company policies.

To learn how ATS time and attendance solution can help your organization keep accurate records of employee hours, pay overtime hours based on company’s pay policies and assign the requisite statutory holiday, you can download the white paper titled “Benefits of an ATS Automated Time and Attendance Solution”. And to view a demonstration, go to our website. To reach one of our account executives, call: (866) 294-2467.

 

Ah yes, the 80s were all about John Hughes movies, big cell phones, white computer monitors, ripped jeans and the list goes on. Some have argued it was the one of the best eras ever and times were much simpler. And, while this may be true for some things using that old white computer with dos-based software will not cut it in today’s digital era.

For those companies still struggling to grasp the concept of the cloud or why it has such staying power here is a synopsis of a report from a research giant Forrester that reads in part; “Public cloud services continue to drive big changes in the markets for software, hardware, and IT outsourcing, while providing a foundation for age of the customer innovations. How much and when will cloud transform these markets? In this research, we project that the public cloud market will reach $191 billion by 2020, from 2013’s total of $58 billion.”

Still Stuck In The 80s? Well, It's Time To Move To The Cloud

If your company is using a time and attendance solution that is no longer meeting your needs, or worst, is part of the 80s type of technology, here are three reasons to switch to ATS cloud-based solution:

Ease-of-Use, Flexibility and Mobility
One of the largest benefits of moving employee time and attendance in the cloud is the ability to access real-time information from any tablet, PC or mobile device, anywhere, at any time. The adoption of ATS cloud-based time and attendance solution empowers CEOs, CFOs, Payroll and HR managers, by giving them more flexibility to access on-the-spot information.

Rapid Deployment
Who has time to spend on a 12 month software deployment? Unless your company has multiple locations, several collective bargaining agreements, multiple work and payroll rules, and perhaps in excess of 1000 employees spread across various jurisdictions- there is really no reason for long implementation, reminiscent of 15 years ago. And, in this era of cloud computing, it is easy to deploy an ATS cloud-based time and attendance seamlessly and efficiently. ATS cloud-based time and attendance solutions are designed to integrate with every payroll, HR, ERP, Recruitment and CRM application.

Lower Cost and Better Collaboration
At the outset the most obvious benefit in adopting an ATS cloud-based time and attendance is that it will provide business with significant savings. For example, your company no longer has to be concerned with purchasing a server on which to house software, or the use of your IT resources to manage the data. Managers can access the application, using any browser, from any workstation, or mobile device to view attendance, extrapolate data and review and respond to employee time-off requests.

So, is your company thinking about moving to a cloud based time and attendance? If so, it’s not too late. And, if you are a fan of some or everything 80s, you can listen to Def Leppard or AC/DC on your favorite device, while at the same time, access up-to-the minute business analytics on employee attendance.

To learn more about ATS time and attendance you can download a demo. You can also register for one of our monthly webinars, and to speak to an account executive, call us at 1.866.294.2467.

Still Stuck In The 80s? Well, It's Time To Move To The Cloud

Tis The Time Of Year When Payroll Calculations Can Go Wrong

November 27th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Cloud Time and Attendance | Collective Bargaining | Employee Scheduling | Employee Self Service | Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Tis The Time Of Year When Payroll Calculations Can Go Wrong)

The holiday season brings with it good cheer, happiness in the workplace and, anticipation of the office parties. For some companies, the holidays also means hiring temporary workers to fulfill orders or cover shifts of employees that are taking time-off during the season. And, if your company, is using a excel spreadsheets to create employee schedules and paper time cards to track attendance there is a real chance, you will miss the hours that these temporary employees worked.

You can increase both the happiness and productivity of your employees this holiday season by using a system, to accurately track, report and pay employees on-time, for hours worked.

Solution benefits for using ATS Time and Attendance include:

Increase flexibility and reduce costs
ATS Time and Attendance System helps companies achieve higher productivity, which, in turn propels better decision-making. Through the use of ATS time and attendance, you gain access to a flexible, cloud-based solution that’s easy-to-use, and will grow with your business.

Strive for excellence
Streamline payroll processes, and empower your employee to work more productively by giving them access to their self-service portal.  Through the use of ATS workforce planning, you achieve greater operational excellence by extracting the right information from time clock data and using them to drive better-informed, faster decision making.

Increase innovation and future growth
When you take advantage of the best-in-class technology with ATS cloud-based time and attendance, you are tap into 21st century workforce management software tools that can be accessed from virtually anywhere, any time, and on any device.

The bottom line; you don’t have to use manual processes to track employee time over the holidays. ATS time and attendance can manage every aspect of employee leave management, including federal, provincial/state, collective bargaining agreements (CBA), and corporate policies, in a single powerful cloud-based solution: ATS Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) solution.

To learn more, download a demonstration or call us at 866.294.2467.

Tis The Time Of Year When Payroll Calculations Can Go Wrong

 

Simplify Your Company Data Capture Process

September 25th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Biometric Time Clock | Business Intelligence | Collective Bargaining | Employee Time and Attendance - (Comments Off on Simplify Your Company Data Capture Process)

ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance is a complete solution that helps your company grow efficiently. The ATS time clocks records and sends accurate data, in real-time to payroll, thus, eliminating duplicate entry. ATS TimeWork is quick to implement, easy-to-use Workforce Management Solutions (WFM) software that helps thousands of companies across Canada and the US manage their payroll, HR, operations, finance and supply chain and grow their business.

ATS Time and Attendance solutions are in use across a broad section of industries, including; manufacturing, healthcare, retail, industrial machinery and oil & gas. Our customers include small, mid-size and enterprises across every vertical. ATS Time and Attendance solutions allow quick implementations, and provide cost-effective support for changing business demands.

Here are 5 industry segments that benefits through the use of an ATS Time and Attendance Solution:

Manufacturing-ATS Time and Attendance helps manufacturers reduce costs, expand profit margins, and increase reduce high payroll costs. ATS TimeWork addresses complexities like globalization, payroll compliance and collective bargaining agreements. ATS Time and attendance gives businesses the competitive edge by; improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability, and access to a library of on-the-go reporting capability.

Healthcare- ATS Time and Attendance for healthcare enables organizations to achieve greater efficiency within their operations; collaborate to improve outcomes; and integrate employee scheduling for a more sustainable, personalized and patient-centric system focused on value.

Oil & Gas- ATS industrial solution automates your shop floor and increase business efficiency regardless of your company’s size. The system allows business processes to be efficient, responding quickly and effectively to events and requests by making timely information available at anytime. The ability to plan, manage and optimize the productivity and performance of your workforce, while being responsive to the external regulatory environment, becomes increasingly vital to the success of the industrial machinery industry.

Retail- Our time tracking solution propels retail operations with a flexible and integrated approach to workforce management that drive the benefits that go right to the bottom line. The ATS solution applies intelligent data analytics so senior management can discover fresh insights, captured in real-time to improve operations, finance, administration, HR, budgeting, IT and business management functions.

Public Sector- ATS Time and Attendance solutions can help you support environmental initiatives; improve city performance, and data collection process – with best-in-class workforce planning. Our flexible software solutions can help government effectively manage employee time through the use of biometric time clocks – and significantly reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. Designed for all levels of government, ATS TimeWork suite of tailored time management solutions supports defense, civilian agencies, education, healthcare institutions; and municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments.

Whether you represent the public or private sector ATS Time and Attendance is designed for improving business performance. To outpace the competition, you need new ways to streamline costs, while increasing productivity, all while staying globally compliant. ATS industry-leading time and attendance solution makes it easier for you to simplify processes, and drive business productivity.

To learn more, go to our website.

Simplify Your Company Data Capture Process

When planned properly, a well implemented time and attendance can yield significant benefits for all stakeholders. Using ATS project methodology, it can be applied to large and medium-sized implementations. Depending on the size of the project, flowchart diagrams will point you to tools and templates that can be used at different phases and will help guide the roles that are required to perform activities. They all help to increase the consistency, timeframes, quality and success of your company’s time and attendance system.

Depending on the project size and scope ATS uses different deployment methodolies. Here are 5 steps that will benefit any organization considering deploying ATS time and attendance system:

Planning-Your company’s project manager and that of the vendor should work together to form the implementation team, and plan the project based on a methodology, including the scope of the project and available resources. A kickoff meeting should include all stakeholders with the purposing of reviewing the project plan and communicate the company objectives for the project.

System Configuration- The ATS Implementation Analyst provides the knowledge to implementation team in the design and database configuration. This will include, work-rule policies, collective bargaining agreements (CBA), and setting up the time and attendance system.

Harmonization-This phase involves integrating ATS Time and Attendance and Business Analytical Applications with the customer’s information needs and addresses customization requirements.

Training- ATS implementation team trains the Project Manager, HR, Payroll and other functional users on the new employee time management system.

Go-Live Support- ATS implementation team supports the customer in the use of the new time and attendance system. The implementation team provides real time support.

While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides a benchmark of what our customers can expect when deploying a time and attendance solutions with ATS.

To download a comprehensive implementation methodology, go to our website or call us at 1(866) 294.2467.

 

 

We came across a wonderful article by Frances Burks titled “Disadvantage of Overtime Work” and the issues associated with this phenomenon including: health problems, employee performance and the financial drawback.

In recent years, a wave of lawsuits have uncovered the fact that some employers did not have an effective tool to track and control employee overtime and other pay premiums. While there are some similarities with how overtime is paid in some jurisdictions, others vary significantly. These overtime class action suits demonstrate the need for workplace compliance. 

The easiest way to improve compliance and protect your organization from wage and hour lawsuits is to implement the ATS time and attendance system. The ATS time and attendance will help your organization:

  • Apply multijurisdictional pay and work policies
  • Track, manage and pay daily, weekly and bi-weekly overtime, premiums, call- ins and collective bargaining agreement overtime pay
  • Provide accurate audit trails and records of hours worked in the event of wage and hour disputes
  • Automate employee pay and rate changes mandated by complex collective bargaining agreements
  • Ensure compliance with provincial, federal and state regulations such as FMLA and FLSA
  • Generate reports for wage and hour claims, wrongful termination litigation, and other legal inquiries
  • Provide audit trails and accurate records of hours worked in the event of a wage and hour audit

 The ATS time and attendance system rules engine has enhanced flexibility that can determine specific types of pay. The system optimizes employee resources and reduces labour costs with employee scheduling, labour forecasting and benefit accruals. Our system helps you gain insight into the labour activities and achieve bottom-line results.

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