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 Systems Can Provide Valuable Evidence

Who’s Supervising The Supervisers. Clocking Systems Can Provide Valuable Evidence Of Time Theft, Even When Its A Trusted Senior Employee.

No matter how well you think you know your employees, they may not turn out to be as trustworthy as you’d hoped.  A clocking system is a supervisers manager 24/7 and one that does not require a big salary either, and it will never collude with unfaithful employees to steal time from your Company.

John Nickerson  – Updated 4:17 pm, Thursday, August 1, 2013

shutterstock_67720723STAMFORD — Police arrested a long-time schools custodian for leaving his post while he was clocked in at work earlier this year.

Andrew Shavers, 65, of 1 Southfield Ave., was charged with second-degree larceny for defrauding a public entity, and was released after posting a $15,000 court appearance bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at the Stamford courthouse Aug. 15.

Police declined to comment on the case, saying that the city’s law department put a “gag order” on releasing any particulars of the case.

The mayor’s office had scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon “to discuss two independent, serious personnel issues,” but later postponed the meeting indefinitely. Details of the second personnel issue have not yet been released.

Shavers, is a 42-year city employee at the top of his pay scale and has an annual base salary of $65,000. He took in $91,000 with overtime and other benefits last year.

Shavers vehemently denied the charge, saying that someone is trying to get rid of him.

He said police explained after picking him up at work at  Rippowam Middle School

Thursday morning that someone at city hall requested that police follow him around in an undercover car.

He was told that one day in May police followed him to a podiatrist’s appointment, another appointment and a liquor store, while he was supposed to be working and had clocked in.

More here : http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/policereports/article/Stamford-schools-custodian-arrested-for-stealing-4701137.php

timegenius ltdSummary: This just goes to show how invaluable  clocking systems can be, if you need to gather evidence to prove fraud against an employee of your Company. This is a sad story but should come as no surprise as people will unfortunately bite the hand that feeds them, loyalty is a fast disappearing quality.

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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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Clock In Software In The Cloud

Yet Another Cloud Based Clock In Software Product Hits Our Screens

Do the people who believe this is the future of clock in software have their head in the clouds, or is it really as good as they say.

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 03, 2013

shutterstock_80333083Captain Clock launched its new time tracking app and clock in software this year to help a staggering number of small businesses that are still supporting the Dunder Mifflin’s of the world. In a climate where cloud technology, bring your own device and “work anywhere” have become the norm, many small businesses still cling to manual, paper-based processes.

To date, the Microsoft Office template library contains over 20 unique templates of printable employee timesheet forms. And, even as late as October 2012, we see sophisticated institutions like UC Berkley finally announcing its move to an automated timekeeping system. Web-based time tracking solutions like Captain Clock simplify employee management, allowing employees to log time accurately from anywhere via laptop, desktop or mobile device. Time-restricted business owners and managers can set up employee schedules and export payroll reports in mere seconds.

“Captain Clock makes things easier. Each time they login in, employers land on a simple dashboard that gives them a snapshot of employee productivity. In an instant, they can know how many hours have been worked vs. scheduled, who’s been late recently, and if there are any pending time-off requests to deal with,” explained Andrew Miller, social media manager for Captain Clock.

There continue to be roadblocks to technology adoption, including price, user appeal and ease-of-use, but the increasingly rapid adoption of web marketing technologies by businesses of all sizes shows that adoption rates are slimming up.


We live in a web-based world, and in one form or another nearly all businesses have adopted mobile and cloud-related technology. It’s gotten to the point where employees are tweeting in commute for their employer—it only makes sense that they should log their hours from the same device,” says Miller.

Originally from :

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10897085.htm

 

timegenius ltdSummary: We’ve checked out a lot of cloud based products over the years, but I feel you just can’t beat a real world,  real time clock in software for peace of mind. It’s important that you stay in control of your employee  database, which after all contains a lot of sensitive information regarding your employees and your business.

 Clock in software is just one of the products constantly launched in supposedly new and better ways year after year.  At the end of the day, the tried and tested real world versions always win through and stay the course, and they won’t disappoint.  Clock in software is one business tool you must get right,  and in a world of  multiple choices it can be confusing, be sure to obtain the guidance of someone with the experience to lead you through the minefield of technology and propaganda out there.

 

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Clocking Systems and Biometrics

Clocking Systems And Biometrics Are Made For Each Other – This Technology Is Tailor Made For The Monitoring Of Employee Attendance At Work

timegenius ltdEmployee time theft is a problem that can go unseen. Everyone knows it goes on, but how to stop it. Well one Company is aiming to bring a solution to the table. One that will benefit the employee as well as the employer, clocking systems may never be the same.

Amherst, New York (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS (http://www.entertechsystems.com ) is exhibiting the next generation of time and attendance biometric clocking systems and modules with Suprema (http://www.supremainc.com) at the 31st Annual APA Congress today, from May 7 to 11 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas in booth #516. The company will be showcasing “one touch” time and attendance systems that stop buddy punching and employee time theft – demonstrating to businesses at the show how they can protect their bottom line throughout their organization and across their multiple locations.

clocking systemsCommon ways that employee time theft is committed occurs through buddy punching – the practice of employees entering or stamping time cards, punch cards or passwords on behalf of another employee.

Time theft could also be committed, intentionally or unintentionally, through employee late arrivals or through lax tracking of sick and vacation days.

Traditional punch card clocking systems and even attendance sheets rely on the honor system of each and every employee adhering to the rules set out by management. With a biometric clocking system, only verified time that is tied to the true identity of the employee is recorded for administration and integrated for payroll processing.

“Biometric fingerprint and face recognition are at the cutting edge of the most accurate ways to collect employee time and attendance information as they are uniquely linked to each employee and cannot be shared, lost or stolen,” said Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. “With ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, businesses can now easily track employees’ time and attendance with just the touch of a finger through the number one algorithm in the market.”

Watch the following video to learn more about how businesses can benefit from biometric based time and attendance.

http://www.entertechsystems.com/identity-management-solutions/time-and-attendance.aspx.

Originally from:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10706912.htm

 

Summary…

I’m really excited about this new offering from Entertech Systems, the rate at which clocking systems and biometrics have merged and complimented each other in the past few years has recharged the time and attendance systems industry, and put it back on the menu as a reliable option to ensure employees are paid fairly for their time.

 

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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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