Outsourcing and Accountability – Monitoring the Quality of Independent Contractors

Outsourcing has become a mainstay of businesses today as it provides many benefits. If done right, companies can save money by hiring independent contractors instead of full time employees to provide basic services. These may include anything from accounting and payroll, customer service, human resources, information technology, web design, advertising, marketing, including the emerging market of social media. Outside consultants …

Payday Requirements by State

Almost every state has laws which determine the regularity for paying employees, often referred to as “the pay day requirement.” Most states have pay day laws which require payments to be made either twice a month (semi-monthly), or every other week (bi-weekly), but some states require weekly or monthly payments. California and Illinois require paychecks to be handed out on …

Employee Overdrive: Is Overtime Pay Mandatory?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in most cases, an employer must pay an employee premium rates for overtime pay. What does this mean? In simple terms, it means that the rate paid to a worker required to work overtime should be higher than his or her typical salary rate. However, the question often is, how can you know …

Telecommuting From Across an Ocean

The business world is expanding and moving faster as new technologies are invented on an almost daily basis. As the business world is expanding, paradoxically it is shrinking as more people are able to telecommute to work every day. Telecommuting seems like a great solution to many situations, whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or a retiree just dipping your …

Use your Android and iPhone to Track Mileage

Technology has replaced paper usage in a multitude of functions. One of the more popular substitutions are mobile apps that track mileage, used by people who often travel by car due to business reasons. Gone are the days of manually jotting down departure and arrival mileage figures. There are several free mobile and Android apps that track mileage with just …

Splitting Tips Between Employees

In restaurants, bars, and other eateries, severs share their tips with various supporting staff. This is a fair practice, since support staff like busboys, bartenders, etc., play an equal role in customer satisfaction. The proportions of tips split between the employees varies, and there are general formula for particular situations. Tips can be apportioned by a percentage, by points, or …

When Do Terminated Employees Need to Be Paid?

Termination is a sticky subject, especially when it comes to final payments. State laws on this subject tend to be varied, based on the location of business. States such as California, for example, demand the immediate payment of the employee if the intent to resign is made with 72 hours notification. If the employee is terminated without notification, the state …

Version 1.5.1 – PTO

We’ve released version 1.5.1 which brings a PTO option to your timecards.  If you have paid time off you can now enter it on any time card.  Employees can also request PTO for you to approve.  PTO can be classified as Sick, Vacation, or Personal. To enable PTO on your account go to Setting -> PTO: Once there click to …

How to Help the Remote Employee Feel Less Remote

As electronic devices, including laptops, tablets, and smart phones, become more affordable for the average consumer, and more people are connected through social networking and the internet, employers are more open to utilizing the idea of remote locations for their employees, rather than the traditional office. Unfortunately, with this comes a lack of camaraderie, or even general knowledge of one’s …

Paper: Is it Really Safe?

Paper has been around for a very long time, and it continues to be a main source of data storage for some organizations. However, paper with important information inscribed on it can be a dangerous thing. Some may wonder why this is, and the short answer is that paper can easily be lost and/or damaged. Here is a scenario to …