Pay Period Versus Work Week

Occasionally, we hear from customers who want to know why an employee has overtime on his Pay Period Report but does not appear to have overtime on his timecard. Under normal circumstances the two would match but given the right mix of conditions they sometimes don’t. Today I am going to explain why that is and what you can do to avoid it.

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FAMILY Act – How Maternity Leave Is Changing in the US

Pregnant womanMost people in the US probably don’t realize this but the United States is behind every other developed nation with regard to paid-time-off. Your average American probably thinks that getting paid to take time off is just for the elite. But this is far from the truth. Every other developed nation offers some benefits to postpartum mothers, and many of them offer quite a bit. As President Obama recently told an audience in June at the White House Summit on Working Families: “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave, and that is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome.”

In addition to the President’s support there are many advocates that are trying to change our leave policy in the United States. The nation is seeing a city-by-city grass roots movement to change sick leave policies. And there are a couple of US Senators advocating to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act, called the FAMILY Act so that more people would qualify for the benefits.

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The Top 6 Tools for Managing Remote Employees

remote workersThis guest post was contributed by JT Ripton who is a business consultant and freelance writer out of Tampa. You can follow him on Twitter @JTRipton.

Technological innovation has changed what we know about the age-old office and has given employees the ability and flexibility to work and be productive from home.

Mobility is the name of the game now, and if you have employees working remotely, there are a host of powerful apps designed to help the business person run his company efficiently and effectively. If you have remote employees of any kind, you’re going to want these six tools. Continue reading

Hiring Your First Employee

Most business owners dream of something big when they start their businesses. They dream of competing in the market, of providing a superior service, of helping others, and of building and growing their dream.

This endeavor is rarely a single-handed operation, although it often starts that way. It takes a team to make great things happen and entrepreneurs know this. They know that the time will come when they must make the leap and hire, no matter how difficult and scary it may seem. You know the day will come, but how do you know the day is now?

How To Know When It’s Time To Hire

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Reduce Employee Turnover: Let Them Have Fun

Fun at workEver have one of those bosses who guides the team back to business a minute and thirty seconds into goofing off? From the boss’s perspective, he’s paying a lot of money for a whole roomful of employees to have a chuckle, a chuckle they could just save for after work. It’s like an extra paid break and that’s just not fair, right? But from the employee’s perspective, the time they spend at work is nearly half of their waking lives and the expectation to work seriously the whole time, leave friendships outside the office, and only look up from work once per day at lunch is the fast track to burn out.

So who is right? The boss who has to pay for his employees to have fun with each other? Or the employee who succumbs to his human desire to laugh, play, and banter?

In the grand scheme of things, the boss probably loses if he puts a cork in it too often. Here’s what those few minutes can do for an office:
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Time Tacking for Insurance Agents

Insurance agentInsurance agents have some very specific needs for monitoring employees. First of all, they usually run very small offices with anywhere from 2 to 15 employees, and so they need a system that is intuitive and affordable. They typically don’t have HR departments and usually don’t have the resources to outsource, and so require some kind of informal HR tracking. While they try to keep their offices as friendly and family-like as possible, they sometimes feel concerned that they are paying some employees for hours they don’t actually work and need some way to protect against that.

Our software offers all of this and more. And if my saying so isn’t proof enough, the hundreds of insurance agents currently using our software should be! We have over a hundred State Farm agents signed up with our service and well over a hundred more agents with other companies. But I digress. Let’s get back to the specifics of what our software can offer an insurance agency. Continue reading

Remote Employees: 5 Ways to Engage and Manage Them

This guest post was contributed by JT Ripton who is a business consultant and freelance writer out of Tampa. You can follow him on Twitter @JTRipton

As the modern business world becomes more dependent on independent contractors and remote workers, the models of leadership have to change. Today’s manager has to use every tool at his or her disposal to make sure every member of the team is on the same page, whether in person or telecommuting. Here are some strategies to keep remote employees engaged and on-task.

1. Pop-In Communication

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