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FLSA Timekeeping Do’s and Don’ts

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA, employers must keep accurate records of non-exempt hourly employees. This might seem like a straightforward process. However, it can become too complicated when, for example, your employees travel for work, punch-in early or leave late, or use mobile devices to remain connected to work after hours. The following is a brief overview of some of the do’s and don’ts to help you manage your timekeeping responsibilities.

Do:

1. Use a reliable timekeeping system.

You may choose to use a timekeeping method such as an hour timesheet app or something else, including time clocks, badge readers, timesheets. Yet FLSA timekeeping requirements stipulate it allows employees’ hours for uncertainty or inefficiency (to a maximum of 15 minutes).  You must apply the rounding policy fairly and can’t always round in favor of your company. Please note some states place limits on time rounding. Check all applicable laws before you start using this policy and consider your timekeeping system before applying a time rounding policy.

2. Any and all time worked must be recorded.

Whether it’s time spent checking phone messages, replying to texts, work emails, accessing the company network, or performing other work tasks, all of this considered compensable work time. That’s why non-exempt employees must understand what constitutes work. Then make an effort to report all time spent working outside of standard work hours according to FLSA timekeeping requirements. In a situation where employees can’t use your regular timekeeping system to record after-hours work, it is your responsibility to instruct them on how to promptly and correctly report these hours.

3. Reclassifying breaks as work time.

According to FLSA timekeeping requirements, all rest breaks must be paid if they are 20 minutes or less in duration. Thus, be careful not to let your employees punch out for breaks that last less than 20 minutes or less. Remember, it’s the break’s length, which determines whether payment is required, never the reason for the break.

4. Record training and travel time.

According to FLSA timekeeping requirements, you must compensate employees for any non-productive time in addition to time spent working. Non-productive time can be considered time spent traveling or in training. For instance, if one of your employees spends time traveling overnight for work, he or she must be paid for all time that cuts across their regular work hours, regardless of whether the travel occurs on their regular workday. As their employer, make sure you understand the rules on compensable training and can instruct employees on how to record their time correctly.

Don’t:

1. Never withhold pay if employees fail to submit or sign their timesheets.

According to FLSA timekeeping requirements, an employer must pay employees for all hours on the next regularly scheduled payday. Whether or not the employee has adequately followed the company’s timekeeping procedures.

2. Never withhold pay for unauthorized work time.

Employers may already have a policy in place that requires employees to get permission before working overtime. Yet, according to FLSA timekeeping requirements, employers must pay non-exempt employees for all time worked. That is irrespective of whether it was authorized in advance.  If this policy is not respected by the employees, the employer can introduce disciplinary action. But they can never withhold pay.

3. Do not make automatic deductions for meal periods.

As an employer, it’s in your best interest to require employees to clock out and back in from their meals. This can help ensure that they are paid for missed lunch breaks. It also accounts for instances when employees return from lunch late. Their time records will accurately reflect that they took a meal during the period in question and for how long.

4. Never neglect your recordkeeping responsibilities.

According to FLSA timekeeping requirements, employers must hold on to their time cards and other such records from which wage calculations are gathered for at least two years. Additionally, employers must keep payroll records, including hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek, for a minimum of three years. These records are necessary for federal tax purposes and must be kept for a minimum of four years.

Hour Timesheet & FLSA Timekeeping Requirements

It sounds simple enough: stay on top of your timekeeping. But when you’re busy running a business, this can be easier said than done. You can quickly get busy, overwhelmed, and the next thing you know, you’ve fallen behind. That’s why it’s essential to develop policies and procedures to ensure that you keep accurate time records for all non-exempt employees. This way, you can ensure they’re being paid adequately for the time they’ve spent working.

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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Time Card Calculator

As the owner of a business you certainly understand one of the most tedious parts of running your organization is calculating timecards. When you think of all the things you have to do including creating and executing your marketing strategy, maintaining your inventory and simply ensuring the company operates smoothly, the last thing you feel like doing is calculating time cards. Besides who has time to do it? That’s why a time card calculator is so incredibly invaluable and where Hour Timesheet can help.

Hour Timesheet’s Time Card Calculators

At Hour Timesheet we have time card calculators that can alleviate the stress and strain of tracking employees’ hours. Our calculators accurately track and total timecard hours automatically. They can eliminate unwanted overtime with their programmable clock-in and out rules. Our calculators can be simply installed on your PC, Mac, Windows tablet or portable Smart device.

Saves Time & Money

The biggest advantage of using a time card calculator is that it saves time and money. Either you or your Human Resources Department will save both time and money collecting, calculating, correcting and processing employee timesheet. Instead thanks to the online calculator it will significantly reduce the time it takes to do this.  Using a calculator will enable employees to focus on their jobs at hands. They will no longer have to worry about tracking and recording the time they spend working each day, week or month and can dedicate their time on what they were hired to do-work!

Reduces the chance for errors

If you take a moment and think about the opportunity for errors when you’re recording and calculating employee hours, especially when factors such as overtime, and holidays are all factored into the equation you begin to realize how easy it is to make an error. Something as easy as a misplaced decimal can lead to a serious accounting error and a serious loss of income for an employee. Not to mention a problem for you! It goes without saying that time calculations for payroll must be accurate. Your employees depend on those results and you depend on them to ensure your business runs smoothly. Our time card calculator does the math for you automatically. Instead of having to manually using one, our time tracking calculator reduces human error and helps prevent any miscalculations. The result is that your employees get paid what they’re entitled to and you can rest assured it’s accurate.

Encourages Compliance

There are state and federal labor laws that were created to help control things like record keeping, overtime and wages. Yet, these can be difficult to track and keep up with, particularly if you’re using an outdated employee time and attendance system. Hour Timesheet’s timecard calculator can help your business adhere to these laws. It can even help owners and managers use break times and overtime options that are provided as an added feature to ensure they are staying compliant.

Discourages Time Theft

Time theft sounds harmless enough unfortunately it’s far more detrimental than one would think. First it comes in many forms including taking a longer coffee or lunch break than allotted. Or clocking-in a friend when they’re going to be late to work. Whether the action is intentional or not, it can cost you the business owner or manager a tremendous amount of money. At Hour Timesheet, by using our time card calculators in conjunctions with automated time and attendance systems, you can help stop time theft in its tracks.

Time Card Calculators – A Useful Tool for Business

There are some business owners or managers who argue that a time card calculator is a useful tool for their enterprise. At Hour Timesheet we say they are an essential item. A time tracking calculator is easy-to-use and improves the efficiency with which your business operates. Not only does it reduce errors, but it saves you time, money, increases compliance and discourages time theft. Who wouldn’t want a tool in their business arsenal that does that?

Time Keeping Software for Lawyers

When selecting timekeeping software for your law firm, it can be tough to know which specific features you need to keep your business running smoothly. In the past, timekeeping software for lawyers was tracked on paper timesheets. This was followed by an arduous back-and-forth exchange between a client and law firm. After weeks and multiple revisions, the billable time would be manually entered into the firm’s billing system. It wasn’t a very efficient process, but it was the only one available.

Even today, lawyers are repeatedly told to track time accurately; all billable activities should be recorded as soon as they occur. This wasn’t a realistic option given that many billable activities occur outside of the office until mobile time tracking. Then everything changed!

At Hour Timesheet, our solution is simple. We offer timekeeping software for lawyers that is quick and easy to use while helping increase your efficiency. Your billable hours are more accurate and your payroll integration is smoother thanks to us, Hour Timesheet.

Mobile

Whether you’re driving to your client’s office or walking down the block to join them for a meeting, having mobile access to your office software makes things less stressful. Hour Timesheet offers timekeeping software for lawyers through our timesheet app. These mobile time-tracking tools make it possible to track your time and enter them simultaneously. Thereby ensuring that you capture—and charge for—all of your billable time. Hour Timesheet’s mobile app is a real-time project management app that includes employee scheduling, a time clock app, and easy-to-use timesheet software. The app will allow you to:

  • Track billable hours
  • Track employee time at work and home (remote)
  • Track time against overhead and G&A
  • Track employee locations

Highly Accurate

Hour Timesheet has a strong industry-wide reputation for providing its legal clients with an accurate paperless audit log for all time and timesheet edits. This will include everything from a detailed activity log, including username, IP address, time, date stamp, hours worked, and paid time off entries. Privacy settings will also give you the ability to limit employees only to see charge codes they are authorized to use.

By adhering to strict tracking guidelines, you’ll maintain a good relationship with agencies you want to work with in the future. There will be no delayed payments to your company, and you’re more likely to get future contracts. You’re also more likely to have transparent operations within the company overall.

It’s crucial to keep and maintain transparent, straightforward timesheets for each employee, timesheets that document their working hours.

Seamless Integrations

Hour Timesheet timekeeping software enjoys plenty of payroll integrations with QuickBooks, Deltek, ADP, Paychex, and Insperity. With just a few clicks, it can keep track of your billable and non-billable hours. The era of charging errors, lost timesheets, the shock of overtime, and manual entry mistakes are gone. Thanks to payroll integrations, these types of errors are a thing of the past. Simple payroll integration is critical to the smooth operation of your legal business. Hour Timesheet will let you export your information directly to your chosen payroll software with a simple click.

Time Keeping Software for Lawyers

The once tedious task of keeping track of your time using pen and paper is a thing of the past. Now lawyers can use timekeeping software from their computers and download an app to their mobile phone. They can seamlessly integrate payroll software such as QuickBooks or Paychex to track billable and non-billable hours. Additionally, Hour Timesheet is DCAA compliant, providing its legal clients with the necessary audit log. Hour Timesheet is the timekeeping software designed with lawyers in mind. Contact us to learn more.

QuickBooks Desktop App

QuickBooks Desktop App

If you are a loyal QuickBooks Desktop user, you certainly understand it has some benefits not available on other platforms. Though the push has been for everything to be cloud-based, you know that QuickBooks Desktop serves your needs. The good news is that Hour Timesheet’s time tracking software flawlessly integrates with QuickBooks Desktop. This integration of systems ensures that your time tracking and financial efforts for your small business can be as accurate as possible, adhere to DCAA protocols, and not take all afternoon copy-pasting from spreadsheets!

Hour Timesheet + QuickBooks Desktop integration tool – how does it work?

As an Hour Timesheet client, our DCAA compliant software will seamlessly import all your timesheet data to the QuickBooks desktop employee time tracking feature. We will utilize the QuickBooks Web Connector to update your data to and from your QuickBooks file. This data will include some of the following information:

  • Customers & jobs
  • Payroll items
  • Classes
  • Services

What are the advantages of QuickBooks desktop integration?

1.     Eradicate Charging Errors

QuickBooks Desktop integration with Hour Timesheet tightens employee time tracking. That’s because it only authorizes the charge codes that you, the manager, have allowed. From customer jobs and classes to types of leaves and service items, if you’ve not approved it, employees will not be able to charge them.

2.     Eliminate lost timesheets

The days of lost timesheets are a thing of the past. Using QuickBooks’ desktop app alongside Hour Timesheet’s time tracking software, managers can view all timesheets from vendors to employees at any time of the day. Each timesheet can be signed by a single manager or by several depending on the approval needs.

3.     Eradicate Manual Entry

QuickBooks Desktop app eliminates the need for a time-consuming manual entry. It features 2-way data sync. This means information such as employees, vendors, customers/jobs, classes, service, and payroll items only need to be entered once into QuickBooks. With a single click, the data is populated into Hour Timesheet using QuickBooks Web Connector. This means, no more exporting and uploading spreadsheets all the time to just to see data in both Hour Timesheet and Quickbooks.

4.     Does Away with the Shock of Overtime

The desktop app allows employees to track time by payroll items. They can handle unplanned overtime with real-time reporting features that include daily summary reports. This allows for both employees and managers up-to-date data to make informed decisions about overtime work.

QuickBooks Desktop app

We hope we’ve given you a better understanding of how Hour Timesheet flawlessly integrates with QuickBooks Desktop. Together they offer the best most user-friendly DCAA time tracking compliant software on the market.

SBIR & STTR Timetracking

Hour Timesheet Software Meets DCAA Compliance Regulations for SBIR & STTR Programs

Imagine securing the necessary funding so your research and development could finally become a product? It’s possible thanks to the federal government programs SBIR and STTR and Hour Timesheet. Together SBIR and SBTTR are responsible for bringing some of the most innovative technologies to market. These new technologies have the potential for commercialization in the international market. Without a DCAA compliant time tracking software, this opportunity wouldn’t exist. Hour Timesheet offers such a software, and helps these companies qualify for the programs to present their ideas.

What are the SBIR and STTR programs?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs encourage participation in federal research. They present American-owned businesses the opportunity to research and develop new ideas, with the potential for commercialization. The SBIR and STTR programs have developed an awards-based program that presents funding opportunities to small businesses. The research institutions encourage these businesses to explore their technological innovation potential. The program then challenges them to provide the necessary incentive to profit from its marketing. The goal is to inspire high-tech innovation, by including small business in the country’s research and development industry. The entrepreneurial spirit to meet specific research and development needs will seep the country.

What does DCAA compliant timekeeping mean?

‘DCAA’ is an acronym and stands for the “Defense Contract Audit Agency”. It is the government agency responsible for the auditing of the department of defense and its contractors. Other government agencies often bring in a DCAA auditor to provide financial and accounting services. Specifically, in the event they need help with their auditing procedures.

This is precisely what happens with the SBIR and STTR programs fund. The programs aware small businesses with the money necessary to move from Phase I (Concept Development Level) to Phase II (Prototype level). Then, the federal government requests an audit of all participating small businesses. They undergo a DCAA pre-award “survey,” otherwise known as DCAA audits.

In the first phase, Federal agencies usually expect small businesses to have a basic time tracking system in place. This is because the Phase I awards are relatively small. In Phase II, there is more money at stake. There is approximately $1 million per award as opposed to $150,000 in Phase I. The contracting officers need to be confident you’ve accurately estimated your incurred costs and indirect rate. They also want to ensure you can accurately differentiate indirect from direct costs in your accounting systems. This is why Hour Timesheet offers a DCAA compliant time tracking software, that is easy to use and understand.

How does Hour Timesheet meet DCAA compliance requirements for the SBIR and STTR programs?

1. Detailed audit trails for any companies working with government programs.

It’s one thing to say that your timekeeping software is DCAA compliant, but it’s another to explain what that means. At Hour Timesheet, our audit trail lists a detailed activity log of every contractor’s activity. It includes their username, IP address, time, and date stamp of all the entries made to the timesheet. This helps capture both hours worked and paid-time-off entries.

2. The software sends automated daily reminders. This keeps employees accountable to tracking their hours on time, and with DCAA regulations.

DCAA compliance states that employees must enter and track time daily. Hour Timesheet will send employees who forget to do this an automatic daily reminder. It’s quick and easy to set up and can be a great tool. Specifically, this works well for those who sometimes let their day “get away from themselves.”

3. Tracking indirect (non-billable) time acquired while working in these programs.

Employees must track all hours in a DCAA compliant time keeping system. This ensures that all hours are precise, and meet DCAA requirements. Hour Timesheet allows users to track direct costs, indirect costs, and unallowable costs entries within the timesheet. Assign non-billable codes to users, including overhead, labor costs, business development, and others.

4. Multiple supervisor signatures required for any time entries.

According to regulations, each timesheet requires two signatures. One from the employee and the second must come from the supervisor. Hour Timesheet allows for signatures at both of those levels on each time entry.

5. Authorization is required for any charges when working on government contracts or programs.

Hour Timesheet allows managers to limit visibility on certain charge codes. They can hide codes from employees who aren’t authorized on that project. This feature is accessible to both full-time employees and timesheet information for government contractors.

6. DCAA compliance requires a reason to be provided for any late time entries.

Hour Timesheet requires a reason entry when there is no daily time entries. The program will prompt employees to enter a reason for the late entry. Hour Timesheet also requires the user to enter a reason for editing previously, inputted data on a timesheet.

Hour Timesheet DCAA Compliance Software and the SBIR & STTR Programs

The federally funded STTR program & SBIR program are both an excellent way to fund ideas and inventions. Directed at small business in the United States, it allows for the spread of new ideas. These businesses may never have the opportunity to market otherwise due to business concerns. These programs allow for companies with technical merit to enter the national arena. The programs give small businesses an opportunity with a big commercial potential for their innovations. Part of that process is ensuring their business remains DCAA compliant. These are very competitive programs, and that is where Hour Timesheet can help. We provide a DCAA Compliant timesheet software that meets the all DCAA timekeeping requirements. We’re here to help American innovation move forward.