The Replicon Blog

Best practices, trends and industry conversation on what’s happening in cloud-based time tracking

 

Achieving Competitive Advantage through your Workforce

Achieving Competitive Advantage through your Workforce

According to industry analyst Barry Wilderman, some business goals are, and will always remain, old school―and delighting the customer is chief among them. One way to do this is to proactively optimize the modern workforce to ensure that excellent customer support and a superior customer experience are a given.

Today it is therefore more important than ever for organizations to manage their workforce effectively, gain the needed visibility to ensure that customer and administrative tasks are completed quickly and cost effectively, and to rely on technology to help bridge this gap.

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Recording Work Time — A Basic Responsibility with Big Consequences

Recording Work Time — A Basic Responsibility with Big Consequences

Let’s start by stating the obvious: you need to be recording the work time of your non-exempt employees. That’s nothing you didn’t know, right? But were you aware that the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 7 in 10 companies are not compliant with wage & hour laws? That’s definitely not a statistic you want to be part of!

According to compliance expert and labor law attorney, Brian Dixon, of the labor law firm Littler Mendelson, U.S. federal labor regulations dictate that tracking non-exempt employee time is a basic, non-delegable responsibility for employers. And while it may sound like a simple enough process, if not done correctly things can get very complicated, very quickly.

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Are your Employees Getting “World Cup Flu?”

Are your Employees Getting “World Cup Flu?”

The FIFA World Cup 2014, the world’s biggest sporting event, started in Brazil on June 12 and will be watched by over 800 million viewers every day on television until the grand finale on July 13. Since the matches are usually held during the day, employees in companies located in the Americas and Western Europe will find that their work hours may overlap with crucial games involving their favorite teams, while millions across Asia and Australia will get to view matches late in the evening, or at night.

However, “World Cup flu” is one thing that many companies won’t be able to avoid. Inevitably, many employers will have to deal with employees’ time-off requests and absences, with the attendant productivity loss. What can they do about it, and how?

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Hyson Products uses Replicon to streamline HR processes and save money

Hyson Products uses Replicon to streamline HR processes and save money

Hyson Products, part of the Barnes Group, is based in Brecksville, Ohio, and manufactures precision springs, stampings, and custom metal products for aerospace and industrial applications.

Before Replicon—manual procedures wasted time and effort

Before Hyson started using Replicon, the HR department had to collect paper timesheets submitted by nearly 100 employees, manually transcribe all the data into a spreadsheet, and then run each timesheet through a scanner. The spreadsheet and scanned timesheets had to be emailed to the financial accounting team, which used the data to process the firm’s payroll. This manual process took up to 16 hours each week, and created errors and recurring administrative snafus.

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How Atlas Pipeline Boosted Efficiency and ROI by using Replicon

How Atlas Pipeline Boosted Efficiency and ROI by using Replicon

Atlas Pipeline Partners, LP, is a prominent player in the gathering and processing segments of the midstream natural gas industry. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company has about 425 employees in decentralized field locations in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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Summer is Here – Time for Ice Cream and Interns

Summer is Here – Time for Ice Cream and Interns

For many people, summer means taking a holiday and enjoying ice cream at the beach with their toes dipped in the sand. For many companies, summertime is the season for hiring interns.

If your organization is considering bringing in student interns, you’ve likely pondered whether they should be paid. After all, many would be thrilled to have the opportunity to get some real-life professional experience under their belt, and would readily agree to participate in an unpaid internship. But is that really up to them…or you?

 

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How user friendly business apps affect your bottom line

How user friendly business apps affect your bottom line

The widespread use of smartphones, tablets, and laptops has led to the consumerization of IT—with business applications, email, and collaborative tools being widely used on personal devices. Factors such as budget tightening due to the recent global recession, allied with increasingly permissive Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, have led to a huge influx of personal devices being used in corporate settings. Fortunately, business apps running on BYOD devices are ushering in a range of benefits to businesses and their employees as well.

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Overtime Pay and Wage Theft: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Overtime Pay and Wage Theft: The good, the bad, and the ugly

A couple of recent U.S. cases in the news have highlighted the importance of properly complying with overtime pay regulations ― and the consequences that can occur when not doing so.

The first instance involved a company in Cleveland, Ohio that contracts out private security guard services. The president of the company wanted to be a good guy and help out his lower paid employees, many of whom had families and had been clamoring to work overtime to increase their take home pay.

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Heartbleed Update: SaaS Customers Required to Change Passwords

Replicon Customers Are Not Affected By The Heartbleed Bug

About two weeks ago, independent research teams identified a vulnerability in OpenSSL― the technology that powers encryption across much of the Internet. The news of this vulnerability, popularly referred to as the “ Heartbleed bug,” has spread rapidly from tech blogs to the mainstream media.

Akamai, our Content Delivery Network provider, assured us last week that Replicon was not affected by this vulnerability. We learned today, however, that an independent security researcher contacted Akamai this past weekend about defects in the software they used to protect their SSL keys. A bug, in fact, was present, and neither the data nor the keys were fully protected.

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Organizations Increasingly Embrace Shared Services

Organizations Increasingly Embrace Shared Services

Paring costs has been critical for organizations that were hit hard during the recession. Many have migrated to a shared services approach due to the mounting business pressures, and many more are seriously exploring the idea.

 

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