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Non-compliance with labor laws can be very expensive

February 25, 2015

Sam Inzerillo has been creating and speaking about extensions to the Kronos suite of products for over 20 years. He consults with many Kronos customers to help them maximize the value in the products through extensible add-on products and features. Lately, you can find him either talking to customers about their compliance documentation or wondering when Carmelo Anthony will be done driving all the talent out of NY. 

As a guest blogger at the café, I’d like to offer a differing opinion on the references to the New England sports teams usually peddled here. I grew up in New York, so I could never root for the Red Sox or the Patriots. But I cannot take away from the achievements of Tom Brady and Company earlier this month. Although, I have to admit that I did win a football in a raffle signed by Gronkowski. It came in a nice case and meant to be the centerpiece of a local fan’s shrine to the great tight end. However, for me, it serves as a useful door stop in my man cave…  I can give it a little kick when I pass by every day and it stays in place. Fitting, I think. 

I don’t want to seem to be just bashing New England Sports, so I’ll change the subject to another target of some derision: Wal-Mart. In December, the retailer lost an appeal of their 2007 $188M class action lawsuit loss. 187,000 employees alleged that they were denied their meals and breaks over a nine year period. Wal-Mart, apparently, was unable to prove to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court whether their employees’ meals and breaks were taken. Imagine how this would have been different if Wal-Mart had a process where employees attested that they took their meals and breaks. Wal-Mart is everywhere, so this is not just a one state (California?) issue, but a national one that affects employees in every state. For those of you who have not thought about how you could engage your employees to help with this simple record keeping process, there’s no time like the present to help avoid a potentially expensive compliance issue.

Our Kronos Attestation Tool Kit engages both managers and employees by delivering the tools they need to help comply with state, local, union and organization policies. It provides employees the ability to access, review and approve or reject their timecards at the Kronos data terminals, online using a web-based tool or within the Kronos mobile and tablet applications. It also includes a configurable tool for employees to answer important questions such as attesting whether a meal or break was taken, or whether they were hurt on the job—all as part of the punching process. The Kit comes with reports specially designed to audit and summarize the questions, answers and exceptions caused by the employee and manager responses. The components of the Attestation Tool Kit foster a level of employee engagement that makes it easier than ever to enforce employee time and approval compliance.

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