New Sick Leave and Overtime Regulations? Ain’t No Thang.

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We know that ain’t ain’t a respectable word. Our third grade teachers told us so. Do you remember the ain’t song? It was harsh. Brace yourself.

Don’t say ain’t,
Your mother will faint!
Your father will fall in a bucket of paint.
Your brother will cry,
Your sister will die,
Your cat and your dog will say good-bye.

 

But at TSheets, we say ain’t. Because we make our own rules. Meaning that all the talk of new overtime regulations  and paid sick leave regulations shouldn’t have you worried, even though everyone and their dog is saying you should be panicking (just say ain’t! The dog will say goodbye).


 

We’d like to invite you to sit back and relax instead. We’ve got you covered. 

What might be changing, and how does TSheets have your back? Let’s take a look.

New Paid Sick Leave Regulations

On Monday (September 7, 2015), President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven sick days to employees each year (employees will earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, totaling up to seven days). While this change won’t go into effect until 2017 and will apply to new federal contracts only (about 300,000 people), there has been a lot of talk about the proposed Healthy Families Act that would require anyone with more than 14 employees to similarly revise their leave policies.

How TSheets has you covered.

It’s easy to track PTO (including sick leave) in TSheets. And with mobile time tracking, it couldn’t be easier to determine how much PTO each employee should accrue, based on his or her hours, right down to the second (pull up a report at the click of a button!)

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Not to mention, with the Who’s Working panel and GPS-tracking, working from home is now a much more feasible option if employees are feeling well enough to work but are still contagious — meaning less missed work and fewer office bugs.

New Federal Overtime Regulations

The proposed new federal overtime regulations will likely go into effect early in 2016–and will extend to an estimated 5 million workers within the first year. Right now, workers classified as “exempt” (or salaried) aren’t eligible to earn overtime hours unless they earn less than $23,660 annually.

The new overtime rules would raise that threshold to around $50,440 (nothing is set in stone yet). This means that employers will be required to pay overtime to all employees (regardless of “exempt” status) if they earn less than $50,440 per year. And that change could lead to an increase in timesheet fraud

How TSheets has you covered.

Time tracking to the rescue! Not only does TSheets offer the greatest time-tracking app in the known universe for both hourly and salaried employees, but it also has handy overtime alerts. Customize text or email or Twitter alerts to your needs, and make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to how much overtime employees are accruing. And with our handy timesheet and overtime approval settings, you can rest assured that no one is milking the clock. 

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Start tracking time with TSheets now to get an accurate picture of how many hours everyone is working–before the new regulations kick in!

There are a number of TBD details with both proposed regulations. But we’ve got you covered, and we’ll let you know how TSheets can help. Because there ain’t no doubt about it: We ❤ employees, and we’re here to help you make your business a success, no matter what.

 

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