Fingerprint Clocking In Machines Underground

Fingerprint Clocking In Machines Go Down The Tube.

Fingerprint clocking in machines have been  introduced onto the London Underground, in an attempt to stop the cleaners cleaning up on pay day. Their employers seem to be suspicious that the  hours claimed may not be 100% legitimate.

By Jasper Hamill, 16th September 2013

london-underground-logoCleaners working on the London Underground will resort to industrial action this week in protest against the introduction of a controversial biometric clocking system.

Starting at just after midnight on Thursday morning, “up to 300 cleaners” will join in the action by refusing to scan their fingerprints every time they clock on for work, said the union. Their decision will set the workers on a collision course with ISS, the Danish firm which employs them.

 According to the RMT union, 98 per cent of the 103 staffers who responded to the ballot voted in favour of the plans, which stopped short of calling for a full-on strike.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: “Our tube cleaning members have been urged to stand firm and follow the call by the union to take industrial action short of a strike by refusing to use any biometric/fingerprint technology to book on for duty. We believe this technology infringes on staff civil liberties and the overwhelming vote in favour of action shows our members’ strength of feeling on this issue.

“Strong union organisation in the workplace is the key to preventing this unacceptable method of booking on and RMT will continue to build our ‘Thumbs Down to Fingerprinting’ campaign.”

The union is vague on exactly why biometric fingerprinting is a bad idea. When The Register contacted the RMT, a spokesperson told us staff felt “brutalised” by the system, which made them feel like “slabs of meat”.

The union said it represented between 200 and 300 cleaners, and said that ISS had “bulldozed” the biometric system into use, against the wishes of its staff.

RMT also suggested the fingerprint-based sign-in system infringed the cleaners’ “dignity”. The previous clocking-on method involved an automated phone line and a sheet of paper.

Originally from : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/16/tube_workers_to_launch_protest

By the BBC 17th September 2013 – On Thursday, hundreds of workers plan to refuse to cooperate with the clocking-in system after 98% of those who voted in a ballot opted for the action, said the RMT union.

The technology infringed their rights, the union added. The cleaners – who are employed by Danish firm ISS UK – will continue to sign in manually and by phone. “We believe this technology infringes on staff civil liberties and the overwhelming vote in favour of action shows our members’ strength of feeling on this issue,” said Bob Crow, RMT’s general secretary. But Adam Wurf, communications director for ISS UK told the BBC: “With this technology we will be able to guarantee that the member of staff is who they say they are.

“We don’t think this is draconian or an infringement of civil liberties; it’s about making sure we have the right people – verified and trained – in the right place at the right time.”

Originally from : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24117006

timegenius ltdSummary:  Journalist Stephen Chittenden from BBC Radio Five Live called us and asked for our comment on the refusal by London Underground cleaning staff to use the biometric fingerprint clocking in system which was introduced by their Danish employer, who simply wanted to ensure they were not overpaying people for the hours claimed each payday.

We explained to Stephen that it was just another example of Unionised interference and over reaction to a harmless use of biometric technology to ensure “fair play” to both sides, the employee and the employer.

The Union is justifying its own existence by stirring up trouble on a topic that is almost guaranteed to get a an overexcited overreaction when presented as an infringement of your human rights.  The Union knows the introduction of a fingerprint clocking on system makes sense, they just want to feel needed by their members and are blatantly playing the “your rights are being infringed card, were here to protect you against this sort of thing”.  The Union should be ashamed of themselves.

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Clocking In Systems – Cloud Technology

Clocking In Systems That Utilise Cloud Technology Prove Invaluable

Clocking in software systems tailor made for the needs of todays business’s, helping to keep track of employee attendance at multiple locations.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2013

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MinuteHound is a modern, complete payroll time clock replacement system, utilizing biometric fingerprint technology, which allows employees to clock in and out with a simple finger press. MinuteHound’s time and attendance software makes it easy to keep track of payroll without any guess work or time theft, and everything is designed to be simple, both to set up and to use.

Many city and state employees have time and attendance demands such as multiple punches per day, or working from separate locations. With MinuteHound, an employee can punch in as many times per day as needed, while also punching in and out from any location. An employee can clock in at one site, and clock out at another, all the while the times are being accurately recorded. The clocking in clock is very easy to use and easy to place as its small and compact.

The scanner itself only requires a connection to the internet from any computer to become that location’s clock-in clock. It does not require a dedicated computer, which allows normal use of the machine without being bogged down with awareness of the software running in the background. The scanner connects via USB, which allows it to be up to 54 feet from the computer to which it is attached.

Once the time clock is installed and employees are enrolled, the system is ready for use. Employees clock in by placing their finger on the MinuteHound fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint is converted using a patented process into a 128-bit encrypted number, which is then fragmented and sent to four different and secure servers across the globe. This protects the employee’s privacy (the number cannot be traced back to any one individual) while still allowing for identification of the employee at the time of clock-in.

An employee’s working hours can be viewed at any time from any location, due to the cloud-based nature of the software. The software can even notify via email or text if an employee is late or clocks out early from a shift. More here : http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11033939.htm

timegenius ltdSummary: Clocking in systems that use cloud data storage are becoming more popular, as Companies come to realise the benefits and efficiencies that cloud data storage offers.

Our clocking in system can provide cloud data storage if required,  clocking in via the Internet is an option and Managers can also access the data online for administration and running report.  Give us a call on the number below.

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Clocking in clocks never lie

Clocking In Clocks Never Lie And Are Above  Suspicion And The long Arm Of The Law

Police officers’ clocking in clock cards show they worked at multiple places at once!


July 22, 2013|By Matthew Walberg and Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune reporters

shutterstock_31839181Andre Sneed, a former Harvey police officer, believes he was fired from the department after he raised concerns about payroll issues.

Authorities say two high-ranking Harvey police officers have been reassigned amid a Tribune investigation that found records showing them working for two communities during the same hours and getting paid by both.

The veteran officers each held full-time positions with the south suburban department while working security details that paid $19 to $25 an hour for two school districts, according to public records obtained by the newspaper.

The Tribune review found scores of unexplained inconsistencies in which the officers were reported on duty in Harvey during the same hours they were also getting paid to watch over school halls and sporting events miles away.

The records raise questions about why their bosses took so long to investigate. Harvey officials were tipped off to possible payroll discrepancies in 2011, yet they waited to take key steps to investigate the allegations until after the Tribune requested copies of time cards this summer.

The time cards for one of the officers, Cmdr. Roy Wells, 52, suggest he may have overlapped at least 200 hours since 2008, the equivalent of five full-time weeks of work. For example, on one day, he was paid for working 22 hours for the three agencies during one 24-hour period, the time cards show.

The other officer — Steven Porter, 52 — was Harvey’s senior police investigator in internal affairs, a role that made him one of the agency’s top ethics watchdogs. His time cards showed overlap of at least 120 hours since 2008, the equivalent of three full-time weeks.

Wells and Porter told the Tribune they were honest about their hours and suspect some of their time cards have mistaken entries.

Wells was paid $75,000 a year by Harvey and collected as much as $28,000 a year from the districts. He said there was “a very good explanation” for the discrepancies and that he expects to be vindicated.

Porter was paid $67,000 a year by Harvey and collected as much as $12,000 a year from the districts. Porter said he “acted appropriately” at all times.

“Look, I don’t cheat on my job,” Porter said. “I’m 28 years on the job. No way I’m going to throw away my career.”

Harvey police said they’ve contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office about the suspected payroll irregularities. Prosecutors declined to comment.

Three places at once?

The Tribune obtained pay and timekeeping records for Wells and Porter from Harvey police, Rich Township High School District 227 and Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 through the open records act.

To allow for the possibility of small differences between the various employers’ time clocks, the newspaper’s review focused on dates in which someone clocked into a second job at least a half-hour before he clocked out of the first.

The analysis of the time cards from 2008 through May found that:

For Wells, there were at least 92 days when he was listed as working in two places at once. The average overlap was more than two hours each day. And there was an overlap in nearly one-third of all days he worked at a school.

On one day in early 2009, Wells’ time cards suggest he was in three places at one time.Records show he worked from 8:25 a.m. to 6:39 p.m. in Harvey, but started shifts at both high schools at 4:30 p.m.

The time cards said he worked until 6:30 p.m. at Rich Township, and until 10 p.m. at Homewood-Flossmoor.

For Porter, there were at least 101 days when time cards indicated he was in two places at once, with an average overlap of more than an hour. And there was an overlap in more than one-third of all days he worked at a school.

On a Tuesday in March 2010, time cards indicated he worked a full day at Harvey, clocking out at 5 p.m., but not before he started a 4 p.m. shift at Homewood-Flossmoor. That shift is shown lasting until 10 p.m., but he also started another shift at Rich Township at 6 p.m., which also lasted until 10 p.m., according to records.

Wells was asked about some discrepancies last year as part of a civil case. He said he sometimes worked in a Rich Township school for a few hours in the morning and then for a few hours later that same day.

Wells said Rich Township’s computer system required that he submit his hours as if he worked them all in a row. That could explain, he said, why his time cards would suggest a discrepancy when there wasn’t one.

Originally from : http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-22/news/ct-met-harvey-police-payroll-20130722_1_harvey-police-officers-time-cards-districts

 

timegenius ltdSummary: It seems these police officers are calling the clocking in clock a liar after all.  In fact its the best witness you can have, indisbutable evidence at your fingertips.  Its a sure way of introducing justice into the workplace, to avoid the age old time theft problem, as we have seen alleged in this news item.

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The modern clock in system

Does The Modern Clock In System Still Have Something To Offer Today’s Business?

The demands on Business’s to get it right first time, by ensuring sound well informed planning choices are made regards employee absence and attendance at work, requires up to the minute time and attendance data that can be at your fingertips if you have the use of a reliable clock in system.

Purchase, NY (PRWEB) July 15, 2013

employee latenessTimeLink, a premier provider of enterprise workforce management clock in system and data collection hardware solutions today announced its attendance at the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) 2013 Annual Meeting to be held at The M Resort in Henderson, NV from July 21-24, 2013.

NASPE focuses on state government human resource issues, trends, practices, and policies. The NASPE 2013 Annual Meeting provides state personnel executives with the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the country to share best practices and methodologies.

TimeLink will attend the NASPE 2013 Annual Meeting to educate state personnel executives on the latest innovations in enterprise workforce management (EWM). TimeLink will demonstrate how they help the world’s leading organizations control labor costs, mitigate compliance risks, streamline workforce management processes, and maximize workforce productivity. Their comprehensive solution set includes: Time and Attendance, Workforce Scheduling, Absence Management, Labor Planning, Workforce Center, and Analytics which can be implemented on-premise as TimeLink Enterprise Edition™, accessed in the cloud with TimeLink OnDemand Edition™, or made available anywhere with TimeLink Mobile Edition™.

TimeLink offers ideal solutions to help state personnel executives manage their most valuable resource – their employees. In a time of tighter government budgets, the need to streamline key business processes and improve workforce productivity is paramount.

About TimeLink

TimeLink provides enterprise workforce management software and data collection hardware solutions that help organizations across a wide-range of industries to more effectively plan, schedule, manage, and engage with their workforce. TimeLink delivers an integrated and open web solution set that includes: data collection, time and attendance, workforce scheduling, absence management, labor planning, employee self-service, and analytics – which can be implemented on-premise as TimeLink Enterprise Edition™, accessed in the cloud with TimeLink OnDemand Edition™ or made available anywhere with TimeLink Mobile Edition™. With these solutions, TimeLink helps organizations control labor costs, mitigate compliance risks, streamline workforce management processes, and maximize workforce productivity.

Originally from:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10921346.htm.

timegenius ltdSummary: It’s very important to choose a reputable and experienced Company before you decide which clock in system to purchase, the wrong decision could prove very costly and time consuming, and there is a clock in system to suit every budget. Our facetime clock in system is designed and manufacured in the UK.  Please call if you would like know more or have any queries.

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Clock In Machine Tradeup

A Clock In Machine Will Give You The Confidence That You’re Payroll Run Will Be Fast, Accurate And True.

timegenius ltdDo you get that nagging feeling when running your payroll that there might be errors in your employee’s pay packet, either you may be paying to little or to much. Todays clock in machine does not need regular oiling like the ones back in the day.  Times have changed, and the today’s new solid state software driven clock in machine is fast and accurate, giving you peace of mind that your not being cheated or unknowingly cheating your employee.

clock in machinePress release date: June 11, 2013

To help, the company turned to Lathem’s PayClock Online mobile application that allows workers to clock in and out on smart phones or tablets, with a GPS tracking feature that records exactly where employees are when they clock in and out.

“With PayClock Online’s GPS function, we know exactly when and where our employees are clocking in,” said Heidi Hintz, operations manager at Crime Prevention Agency ATL. “It makes us more available to focus on other areas of the business.”

In addition to eliminating the need to be at every work site checking up on their employees, managers can prepare payroll hours anytime, anywhere. PayClock Online saves time and money, too. “We don’t have to check in on our employees all the time anymore,” Hintz said. “PayClock Online does it for me. And it used to take me days to do payroll; now it takes only an hour.”

Crime Prevention Agency ATL is just one of the thousands of small businesses using Lathem’s PayClock Online mobile application.

“PayClock Online’s mobile application is the next evolution in time management,” said Lance Whipple, Lathem vice president, Sales and Marketing. “The market demands technology that meets the needs of today’s flexible and remote workforce. This solution simplifies time and attendance and saves businesses time and money.”

PayClock Online’s mobile features include:

Payroll processing at the manager’s convenience. With web-enabled devices, such as a computer, smartphone or tablet, companies can manage employee time and attendance from multiple locations, set up schedules, run reports and export timesheets to payroll software at their convenience.

Mapping and recording where and when employees are ‘on-the-clock’. Businesses can set up the option so that remote employees can clock in or out only if the employee’s smartphone has GPS location recording enabled.

Employees are empowered, by allowing them to check their time records and select reports to view anytime, without the need to contact HR personnel.

Managers can view their employee time cards, make edits, send messages and view totals, all on a smartphone, iPad or tablet.

Originally from : http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/Small-Businesses-Better-Able-to-Manage-Remote-Field-Based-Employees-with-PayClock-Online-from-Lathem-20009912

Summary.

Why not trade up your existing clock in machine for something that will speed up your payroll and add to your workforce management toolbox.  Even if you have one of the more modern software driven clock in machine systems, be sure to check out our range, you might be missing out on some great new feature.

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Clocking In Machines As Popular As Ever

Clocking In Machines are a tried and tested tool in the fight against employee lateness, and are proven to increase punctuality throughout the workforce.  If you thought employee clocking in was a thing of the past – then think again.

How Clocking In Machines Can Benefit Your Employees and Your Business

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Technology has developed to a point which means that every second of our lives can be recorded and from a business perspective at least this is a positive development. The old notion that ‘time is money’  couldn’t be more true and the development and advancement of clocking in systems means that employees can all be accounted for at all times which is of huge benefit to your business.

The traditional signing in and out sheet has been a success for many years it was inefficient when it came to calculating exactly how many hours an employee works including extra work and time taken out for brakes. Modern clocking in machines are designed to ensure all hours spent in the office are recorded. This makes it easier for business owners and employers to ensure their staff are paid for the hours they work. Using the pen and paper system employees could easily decide to add extra working hours to their shifts; although this is a rarity it could be enough to send the books off kilter.

A modern clocking in machine also facilitates flexible working as the machines can be programmed to give access to people who should be on the premises. All employees can be issued with cards which the machine recognises and enter the building at any time and the security of the building is still secured as unauthorised personnel won’t have the facilities to enter. This means, if necessary for your company, employees can work overnight, start early or work late depending on what their job role includes.

Clocking in systems can also ensure that your employees work the hours they’re contracted to work. This means that instances of lateness and absence will be recorded and can be dealt with accordingly. Many companies have found that the installation of such systems has meant that employees are a lot less likely to turn up late or not at all. Your company may be efficient but without an efficient workforce you’ll get nowhere.   Originally from : http://joomladollars.com/how-clocking-in-machines-benefit-your-business/

Summary

The Amano Clipper clocking in machine pictured above, was a well engineered and reliable work horse that could be trusted to give years of service. Todays technology allows for more sophisticated technologically advanced systems, but they still do the same job whichever you choose, and that’s to encourage your employees to arrive and leave on time.

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