While time clock systems that accurately track employee hours worked have been around for years, both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Affordable Care Act now make these systems imperative. The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report all hours being worked by all employees to be sure that all employees who work more than 30 hours are offered health insurance. In addition, the implementation of a time clock system will ensure that all non-exempt employees are being compensated for all the hours they work. This provides both the agency and hourly staff members with peace of mind.
At the April board meeting, the AEA 267 Board of Directors approved the purchase of a time clock system provider. The Business and Human Resources offices are working closely together to ensure a smooth implementation of the new system by July 1, including time for training.
We recognize that staff members who may be impacted by the change have many, many questions. Supervisors and administrators who will oversee the system have many questions themselves! Unfortunately, due to the ongoing changes in the guidance that accompanies the Affordable Care Act, we may not have concrete answers for a few weeks yet. Supervisors and administrators met on April 3 for an initial discussion about how to implement the system and to generate questions and scenarios that need further discussion. Rest assured that as soon as details are worked out, additional information, along with training, will be provided. In the meantime, feel free to share your questions with your supervisor who is assisting with putting together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we can all use when clarification is needed closer to July 1.