Employee Scheduling Solution Review

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There are 1,440 minutes in a day, and here at Baron Payroll we believe that none of those should be wasted!

Running a business and managing associates is no small task and it can become problematic to make sure that your organization and employees are running smoothly 24/7. But that’s what we are here to help with! We will help you optimize the time of your managers, employees, and organization.

Baron Payroll offers Baron Scheduling, the solution for making every second count.

Baron Scheduling delivers convenient tools that all come together to give you and your employees the most efficient scheduler on the market.

Copy and Paste Schedule Templates

Set up a standard schedule for each team member, then just copy and paste it into each schedule period. From there, you can drag and drop shifts as much as you like, but you’ll already have the basic foundation established. It’s an easy way to expedite the scheduling process.

Drag and Drop Scheduling

If you are still using paper time sheets, a dry erase calendar, or an Excel spreadsheet, prepare to be amazed. Changing shift start and end times is as uncomplicated as pointing and clicking.

Share the Back-and-Forth of Shift Changes

Each staff member has only their own schedule to worry about—supervisors have everyone’s. It makes sense to share the burden of shift swapping. A worker who wants time off simply posts a request on the online message board. Managers can quickly see and approve the changes without having to track everyone down. Once a shift trade is approved, Baron Scheduling automatically alerts the affected employees.

Baron Scheduling: scheduling reinvented.

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Baron Payroll offers WorkforceHUB™, the unified Human Resources portal that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and company.

WorkforceHUB™ includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. We’ve just added onboarding, benefits enrollment, performance reviews, and employee engagement! WorkforceHUB™ is designed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to set up a demo.

Restaurant Scheduling Best Practices

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Welcome to the Baron Payroll blog. Today’s post addresses restaurant scheduling best practices. We have helped many restaurant owners improve and simplify their employee scheduling with Baron Scheduling, the leading scheduling system for the hospitality industry.

Extend Your Scheduling Forecast

If you make schedules available two weeks or more in advance, it demonstrates to your labor force that you care about their lives outside of work. The more notice you give, the easier it is for them to arrange childcare, schedule appointments, or take care of other obligations. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it goes a long way to inspire a dedicated crew. Even it some tweaking needs to be done after a schedule is created, you can have most shifts in place, especially if you have some associates with a set schedule.

Predictive scheduling provisions are gaining momentum and may affect you sometime in the near future. If you have these practices already in place before you are obligated legally, you will be ahead of the game. Besides, it makes good business sense to establish a supportive work environment where employees are valued and respected.

Cross-Train for Increased Schedule Flexibility

When you bring on a new employee, be upfront about the fact that servers have to bus tables once in a while and prep cooks have to sling dishes. The entry-level staff members will be eager to broaden their job skills and your personnel will be better able to respond to shifting customer levels on the fly.

Be Flexible

If you hire competent employees, why does it matter if they trade shifts? Many restaurant owners who have loosened up shift trade policies have seen an increase in accountability because their workers don’t want to lose the privilege. When hiring staff, find out what shifts they want to work and how many hours they want to work per week. This sounds like an obvious issue, but you would be surprised at how many employers overlook these important questions and then are frustrated when all of their employees want the same shifts. When analyzing competing potential employees with similar qualifications, schedule preferences could be a deciding factor.

Create Rules for Schedulers

If you are not the only one who makes schedules, develop rules for any supervisors or team leads who share the task. Use job codes to keep track of each employee’s skills and certifications and make sure you update them when required. Don’t assume the other schedule makers have the institutional knowledge you’ve acquired. Preserve useful information about schedule-making and other processes that have been refined over time.

Use Baron Scheduling for Scheduling Best Practices

If you are serious about adopting these methods, you need Baron Scheduling, the most powerful Workforce Management system for the hospitality industry. Baron Scheduling has dedicated tools that simplify restaurant employee scheduling. Call Baron Payroll today for a demo.

Contact Baron Payroll for information regarding WorkforceHUB™UPGRADE TODAY

Baron Payroll offers WorkforceHUB™, the unified Human Resources portal that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and organization.

WorkforceHUB™ includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. We’ve just added onboarding, benefits enrollment, performance reviews, and employee engagement! WorkforceHUB™ is created for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and decrease labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to book a demo.

Baron Workforce Management Suite for Education: Ditch Old-School Processes

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Budgets for public school districts are tighter than ever. Administrators, teachers, and support staff have to do so much with so little.

Educational institutions that are still using manual time and attendance tracking operations can take a lesson from businesses that invest in the latest technology and streamline processes to save money in the long run. A lot of money.

With recent tools that dramatically streamline educational administration, Baron Workforce Management Suite’s Baron Time and Baron Scheduling have user-friendly tools that are tailor-made for educators.

  • Time-off Requests/Balances
  • Audit Trail & Time Card Notes Dashboards
  • ACA Reports (week/month)
  • Employee Self-Service (ESS)
  • Max Hours Indicator (hours alert)
  • Text and Email Collaboration
  • Cloud Based – no software to maintain or IT support needed
  • Employee Groups Sorting/Filtering

Baron Scheduling is our powerful automated tool that makes scheduling a breeze. Features like copy and paste templates and drag and drop scheduling allow you to create and adjust schedules in a fraction of the time it takes with manual operations. Text and Email Collaboration takes the confusion out of last-minute faculty schedule updates.

Baron Time pairs perfectly with Baron Scheduling. Baron Time and Baron Mobile contain time and attendance tracking features that allow you to manage your staff more efficiently than ever before.

Baron Workforce Management Clock enables employees to clock in and out, check their schedules and manage their time cards from the convenience of any web browser.

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Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and organization.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is designed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and decrease labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to book a demo.

Solve Manufacturing Employee Scheduling Problems

Today’s article is for small-medium-sized manufacturers whose manual scheduling processes are not doing the job.

Paper-based employee scheduling methods are:

  • Tedious and inefficient
  • Unable to quickly adjust to scheduling emergencies
  • Prone to inaccuracies
  • Not equipped to manage overtime
  • Difficult to share with employees

In addition, workers need to go through a manager or HR department to obtain schedule, time card, and PTO information and it is cumbersome for associates to submit and obtain shift change approvals.

Imagine if your production equipment was this outdated, ineffective, and inefficient.

These problems impact everyone in the business:

  • Owners overpay for labor, which reduces profit margins
  • Owners lose money due to high employee turnover
  • Owners are in danger of compliance violations
  • Company misses production deadlines which threatens client contracts and business reputation
  • Employees work more overtime than they want to
  • Team Members can’t view the schedule when they are not at work
  • Team Members have to go through a manager to request shift changes
  • Short-handed shifts force team members on-the-clock to pick up the slack, which, in turn, often causes employee burnout
  • Scheduling managers spend so much time building schedules that they have little time for other essential tasks
  • Scheduling managers can’t easily accommodate employee schedule preferences

Deep-rooted problems that affect every level of the organization require a powerful yet easy-to-implement solution. Baron Workforce Management Suite from Baron Payroll has tools to transform employee scheduling at manufacturing facilities.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Scheduling which offers expedited scheduling and Baron Time for integrated time and attendance tracking.

  • Set up schedules with drag-and-drop simplicity
  • Customizable job codes make sure the team members with the required skills are scheduled
  • System automation finds eligible staff members to cover open shifts
  • Customized system notifications reduce over-staffing and unplanned overtime
  • Complete mobile coordination for employees and management
  • Employee Self Service allows staff to manage their time cards, post shift requests, and monitor PTO accruals
  • Automatically creates audit-ready records

Baron Workforce Management Suite is the industry-leading customizable scheduling system for manufacturing facilities that run 24/7.

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Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and company.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is designed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and reduce labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to schedule a demo.

How To Manage Remote Staff Members

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Despite a couple of high-profile companies recently pulling their offsite workers back to the office, the global trend of increased telecommuting is not slowing down.

According to Global Workplace Analytics: The percentage of employees (non-self-employed) who work at home has grown by 115% since 2005, nearly ten times faster than office-based labor force. http://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/telecommuting-statistics

While companies who allow telecommuting often benefit from decreased operating expenses, increased productivity, an expanded hiring pool, and happier employees, virtual offices can create challenges when it comes to Workforce Management.

Workforce Management Challenges for Employers With Remote Workers

  • Tracking time and attendance accurately
  • Employee schedule confusion
  • Time card submission
  • Shift trading
  • Overtime management
  • Incompatible technology

Telecommuting is made possible by technology that allows companies to provide their products or services to clients using a remote workforce. In addition, employees use technology to communicate, collaborate on projects, and interact with customers. In a similar way, Baron Workforce Management Suite brings industry-leading smart technology that makes Workforce Management easy for remote employees.

Baron Workforce Management Suite is the comprehensive Workforce Management system from Baron Payroll. It consists of Baron Time for onsite and offsite employee time and attendance and Baron Scheduling for scheduling both in-office and offsite workers.

Let’s look at the tools that address the pain points previously listed.

Tracking Time and Attendance for Remote Employees

Remote employees can clock into the Baron Time virtual time clock from their laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Supervisors have 24/7 oversight of who is working when and where.

What About Salaried Employees?

Contrary to a common misconception, tracking time and attendance is just as important for salaried workers as it is for hourly employees. Most labor laws apply to both hourly and salaried employees, thus business owners must have accurate records of clock in/out times, breaks, and meals. Accruals calculation, overtime pay compliance for non-exempt employees, and ACA work hours standards are just a few of the reasons that employers must track employee time and attendance accurately for all workers, regardless of how they are compensated. In addition, they need a paper trail to validate the records in case of an audit or labor dispute.

Sharing Scheduling Information

Baron Scheduling is the least complicated way to effectively schedule telecommuters. One of the most valued employee perks of telecommuting is flexible work hours (when allowed by management). For most organizations, however, it is usually necessary for team members to be online at the same time for at least a few hours during the day. This can be challenging if employees are spread among different time zones. Baron Scheduling has tools to manage all the complicated logistics of remote team scheduling. With centralized cloud-based schedule management, hours threshold SMS warnings, and automatic schedule notifications, Baron Scheduling has the tools to manage your workforce with ease.

Clear Up Scheduling Confusion

When schedules are centrally managed in a cloud-based system, supervisors and at-home workers are all on the same page and can access the information at any time. Automatic notices inform all necessary parties of critical scheduling and time card information.

Submitting Time Cards

Baron Time provides self-service time cards that employees can access 24/7 from any internet-enabled device. Remote staff members can enter time and verify time cards under customizable company rules. When they clock in or out, the time is captured immediately on their virtual time card. This eliminates the end-of-pay-period scramble that often results from outdated and non-automated old school manual timekeeping systems.

Easy Shift Trading

Baron Scheduling has a Virtual Trade board that allows telecommuters to bid on open shifts, request shift trades, and view approvals without having to talk to a manager. Employees and supervisors don’t have to exchange endless texts and emails to work out schedule changes. All stakeholders can see the schedule and updates at any time, night or day.

Managing Overtime

“Out of sight, out of mind” is expensive when it comes to needless overtime and can also result in employee burnout, higher attrition, and reduced productivity—all of which are pricey in their own right. Baron Time overtime alerts allow businesses with a virtual office to meet their scheduling, workflow, and cost of labor objectives with smart automation that allows supervisors to concentrate on other things besides managing overtime.

Compatibility Problems Solved

Employees who work from home don’t always use the same hardware and software that is used at the corporate office. Because Baron Workforce Management Suite is cloud-based, it functions seamlessly on desktops, laptops, iOS and Android devices. It also eliminates the need for expensive software upgrades.

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Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and company.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is developed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to book a demo.

The Baron Payroll Guide to WFM Implementation

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Today’s post is for business owners who have recently decided to adopt a Workforce Management system but have not yet implemented it. By following a few guidelines, you can have a smooth system implementation and begin to enjoy the benefits right away.

Here is the Baron Payroll guide to Workforce Management implementation.

Make a Plan

We can help you develop a realistic timetable for the transition and decide which processes to transition first. Take advantage of our experience in helping businesses like yours transition quickly and effortlessly.

Transition in Stages

If your company has several departments, you may want to tackle it in stages. Once one department has successfully transitioned to all the new functions, you will have solved a few unexpected snags. You can use the knowledge gained to prevent the same snags when the next department transitions.

Communicate the Benefits

It’s natural for associates to worry that a new system could impact their pay or add a layer of complication to their busy day. If managers can prepare employees so they know how the new systems will benefit them, they will be more likely to comply willingly. Emphasize the transparency and convenience of self-service time cards and having 24/7 access to accrual information. Demonstrate how the virtual trade board can make it easy to pick up extra shifts or swap shifts when needed.

Train Employees Thoroughly

Baron Workforce Management Suite is so easy to use, we have never had a client whose employees couldn’t catch on quickly. Even if your labor force is tech-savvy, however, make sure you train thoroughly, measure the effectiveness, and then remind them to use the system continually until everyone is on board. You can’t take advantage of the many features of Baron Workforce Management Suite unless they are being used consistently and correctly.

Be Prepared for Possible Resistance

If you have offsite associates who will be GPS tracked for the first time, be prepared for some blowback. Employees who are used to plenty of independence may resist the increased oversight. Remember, as their employer you have every right to verify that your employees are working where they are supposed to be working. Explain that accountability is a two-way street; though they might feel micro-managed, tracking time to the minute benefits them when they work fifteen minutes past their usually shift end time or clock in a few minutes early. (If that is not allowed at your company, make sure you use the easy schedule enforcement tool in Baron Workforce Management Suite.)

If you are adopting a biometric time clock and an employee is especially resistant, be aware that this might be an indication that he or she is guilty of time theft. Compare the hours worked before and after using the new clock for insight. If you discover a compelling drop in hours—congratulations—you have finally stopped paying for time not actually worked!

Answer Questions

Make sure you are available to answer questions about the new system. If your team members see that you are dedicated to alleviating concerns, they will be more likely to support you. However, don’t go so far as to make the new practices optional. Some businesses have failed to implement a new system because they got so much resistance from their workforce they eventually gave up. Lowering labor costs, reducing admin hassles, and improving productivity will benefit everyone in your organization. Don’t let staff member resistance deter you.

Designate an Implementation Manager

Ideally, all of your team managers will soon be committed to the new system and become fully fluent in all of the features. However, by assigning a competent and dedicated person to own the project company-wide, you can centralize the implementation-specific communication and training and count on your point person to make sure each department sticks with it until all departments and systems are transitioned.

We are dedicated to your success. Let the Workforce Management experts at Baron Payroll help you start enjoying the myriad benefits Baron Workforce Management Suite provides.

Contact Baron Payroll for information regarding Baron Workforce Management SuiteUPGRADE TODAY

Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and organization.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is developed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to schedule a demo.

Intro to Workforce Management With Baron Payroll

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Business owners: have you noticed that many organizations are implementing some sort of Workforce Management software? Perhaps organizations that you work closely with, companies that you have partnered with, or even competitors’ organizations. If you do not yet use a Workforce Management system and have been too busy to look into them, you may be wondering why “Workforce Management” has become a buzzword.

At Baron Payroll, we are uniquely qualified to explain because we offer the most advanced Workforce Management software on the market. Workforce Management systems are meant to simplify how your business manages staff members. But beware, some Workforce Management systems are confusing and difficult to use, which defeats the whole purpose. With our Baron Workforce Management Suite we’ve created the most powerful yet simple-to-use tools to help you transform your processes.

Benefit #1: Streamlined Administration
Administrative tasks like scheduling, clocking in and out, and tracking essential information are easier than ever with our Workforce Management software. The time saved frees up your administrative staff to accomplish more with fewer people.

Benefit #2: Reduced Labor Costs
Another vital advantage that Baron Workforce Management Suite gives to organizations is the ability to cut labor costs. When you’re able to smoothly track what your employees are doing and when and where they are doing it, you can maximize productivity, limit overtime, and develop effective scheduling strategies.

Benefit #3: Improved Accuracy
Baron Workforce Management Suite also helps reduce time card errors. For example, our Baron Workforce Management Clock has PunchLogic, which doesn’t allow employees to unwittingly clock into the wrong activity. Fewer errors translates to less time sorting them out after the fact.

Benefit #4: Audit Protection
The last benefit we’ll talk about today is the fact that our Workforce Management software assists you in staying compliant with ACA, DOL, state, and local regulations. Most regulations require you to collect, review, and submit information that pertains to your staff members and their hours worked. Regulators want this information to be accurate and submitted in a timely fashion. With Baron Workforce Management Suite, our automated tools collect the information for you and generate reports at the click of a mouse. Our platform is fully integrated, so your data keeps its accuracy from one tool to another. Hassle-free compliance gives you peace of mind so you can concentrate on building your business.

Contact Baron Payroll for information regarding Baron Workforce Management SuiteUPGRADE TODAY

Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and business.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is established for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to schedule a demo.

Not PBJ Compliant Yet? Relax. We’ve Got Your Back.

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Attention owners and operators of long-term healthcare facilities. Operating a healthcare business is challenging enough without stressing about new and ever-changing government standards. In today’s post we will review an ACA quality-of-care regulation called Payroll Based Journal (PBJ).

Payroll Based Journal became effective for the quarter beginning July 1, 2016 with the first submission to the PBJ system due no later than 45-days after the quarter ended November 14, 2016.

What is Payroll Based Journal?
Payroll Based Journal is mandated staffing and census data from long-term health facilities that the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) began collecting. CMS created a free system for long-term healthcare facilities to send the reports to. The system is called the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES). CMS requires the following information in the reports:

  • A unique employee ID for each direct staff care provider (no SSN’s allowed).
  • A complete, accurate record for each facility that identifies their direct care staff (includes agency, contractors, and certified medical personnel as defined by CMS).
  • Residence census specifics (Medicare, Medicaid, other).
  • Direct care staff turnover and tenure (start and term dates).
  • Total hours of care provided by each category of staff per resident per day including start and end date and the hours worked per individual.

Whew! That’s a lot of specifics! But don’t panic. Baron Payroll has a solution for you to meet the PBJ reporting mandate. Our Baron Workforce Management Suite will help you track and manage your employees so that the process is smooth and effortless. With our automated, innovative tools you’ll be able to avoid PBJ penalties and reporting delays.

Baron Workforce Management Suite from Baron Payroll includes TimeWorksPlus and TimeSimplicity – the dynamic PBJ duo that automates data collection, PBJ report creation, and data submission.

TimeWorksPlus is an automated timekeeping system that not only tracks employee hours to the minute but also job codes. It has a built-in audit trail that allows you to meet the demands of an audit.

TimeSimplicity is a powerful scheduling system that tracks shift coverage and proactively identifies gaps in necessary staffing as mandated for providing quality of care. Communication is crucial, and with TimeSimplicity’s text and email collaboration and its Trade Board features, it empowers employees and supervisors with clear lines of communication to resolve staffing issues within a few minutes.

The TimeWorksPlus mobile app is called TimeWorks Mobile. It enables staff members to punch in or out via their mobile device, which means your tracking of hours continues without a hitch when employees are working off-site.

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Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your supervisors, employees, and company.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is designed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to book a demo.

Reduce Overtime Monitoring to Just Minutes a Week

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Today’s message is for business owners or managers with hourly employees whose shifts vary according to staffing needs. You are probably well aware that mismanagement of overtime can increase labor costs in addition to having significant compliance implications.

If overtime monitoring has become an overwhelming task that consumes several hours of your work week, we can free them up for you. Baron Workforce Management Suite with customizable overtime alerts can decrease overtime management to just a few minutes a week.

You simply set how many hours each employee is authorized to work and if the employee starts approaching the designated hours, the system will automatically notify you.

At that point, you can decide how to deal with the situation according to the current production needs, cost of labor allocations, and FLSA compliance ramifications. Overtime management is just one of the effective, convenient tools in our comprehensive cloud-based Workforce Management system. Call 631-266-2500 today to see what else Baron Workforce Management Suite can do for your business.

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Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your supervisors, employees, and organization.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is developed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and decrease labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to set up a demo.

Which FLSA Law Did You Break Today?

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Many business owners who have been penalized for labor law violations never realized they were noncompliant. But we all know that ignorance is no excuse. Here are common FLSA violations to avoid:

1. Misclassifying Employees

Any employer who fails to follow DOL rules regarding classification is risking significant penalties. Employee classification affects a host of things including benefits eligibility, minimum wage standards, overtime pay eligibility, and workers’ comp eligibility. Business owners who misclassify are in jeopardy of state and federal penalties and should consult the comprehensive DOL classification rules.

2. Docking Pay From An Exempt Employee

An employee who is exempt from the overtime provision has other rights under the FLSA. One of these is being paid for an entire day even when working less. Business owners who dock pay when a non-exempt employee leaves during the day are committing a punishable violation. Note that an employer can generally take other disciplinary actions.

3. Miscalculating Overtime Pay

Most workers should be paid time-and-a-half for time worked over 40 hours in a week, but business owners continue to violate this law, even though it has been around for decades.

4. Minimum Wage Violations

Two Walt Disney companies were required to pay 3.8 million to workers for wage hour violations that included allowing hourly rates to fall below minimum wage due to paycheck deductions for uniforms.

5. Off-The-Clock Non-Paid Work

Employers must pay their workers for all work performed. This means they cannot ask staff members to perform work off the clock. This was another offense in the Disney case mentioned previously.

At Baron Payroll we understand how time-consuming it can be to ensure compliance with FLSA provisions, not to mention other laws that affect the workplace such as ACA and PBJ. Employers are also subject to local and state laws regulating minimum wage, overtime, family leave, predictive scheduling, and extra hours for part-time employees.

Employers need a powerful, yet easy-to-use Workforce Management system that includes smartly-designed compliance features. Baron Workforce Management Suite has dedicated compliance tools that help you comply with DOL regulations without having to hire more HR staff. Avoid penalties, store records for verification, and reduce your risk of a wage dispute.

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Baron Payroll offers Baron Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and company.

Baron Workforce Management Suite includes Baron Time, Baron Scheduling, and Baron Mobile. Baron Workforce Management Suite is developed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and decrease labor costs.

How much can you save? Check our Baron Payroll ROI Calculator.

We can get you up and running with Baron Workforce Management Suite in minutes. Contact us today to book a demo.