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Richmond County Sheriff's Office to meet with ADP about time cards

Friday, May 25, 2012 6:57 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:07 AM
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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will meet with Automatic Data Processing representatives Tuesday to discuss possible solutions to issues the office is having with a timecard system the department began using in late April.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said a majority of his department’s staff has not been using the timecards because they do not work with its schedules.

“It is not feasible for a lot of our people because they do not have set schedules,” Strength said.

On April 28, employees were issued plastic cards for electronic time clocks that allowed them to check in and out at the places where deputies work, instead of keeping track of their hours with paper time sheets.

In April, Col. Gary Powell said electronic timekeeping would help supervisors better track employee hours and make adjustments to schedules before overtime and compensatory time became problems.

Strength said the timecard system works for the administrators who work set hours, but road patrol and investigators who can be called in at any time cannot be expected to report to the office or a substation before and after an assignment.

“We aren’t going to make them drive back to the station at 4 in the morning and punch out,” Strength said.

Currently, a deputy who cannot get back to the station to clock out will tell a supervisor the next day the time he or she left, and the supervisor will record it.

Powell said the meeting with ADP will help determine an answer.

“I don’t know what they are going to present,” Strength said. “They may have a solution.”

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OhWell
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OhWell 05/25/12 - 07:54 pm
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I clock in remotely with ADP

I clock in remotely with ADP on my cell phone everyday and it works like a charm!

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/25/12 - 09:18 pm
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ADP Runs America

ADP runs the payroll of all kinds of companies over the country. The RCSO needs to get it in gear and stop obstructing this move to accountability. This company is located here, employs almost a thousand people in good paying jobs, pays taxes and contributes to our schools. It wants our local government to do well. This is getting to be embarrassing.

TCB22
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TCB22 05/25/12 - 10:00 pm
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What is embarrassing is

What is embarrassing is requiring professional employees to clock in and out. Some departments need it, such as the water dept., animal control, and other similar departments, but not the professional positions. Who comes up with this stuff?

TCB22
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TCB22 05/25/12 - 10:00 pm
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What is also embarrassing is

when your iPhone goes nuts and posts too many times.

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 05/25/12 - 11:23 pm
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Never will work in law

Never will work in law enforcement.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/26/12 - 06:08 am
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High

I agree High.....some on here don't know what emergency means.....the last thing on their mind is clocking in/out......if you are trapped in a car/someone is robbing you/fire in home/held hostage/etc etc etc.---I don't think the victim gives a rats behind if the officer checked in/out...the seconds could mean life or death...get over yourselves this AIN'T a 9-5pm job..with nice cushy chairs in front of a computer with 4 walls around ya!!

Geez...I wish some of yall had to ride with firemen/policemen for a week or so...then talk about the clockins. YEA

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/26/12 - 06:14 am
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Chief to fireman

Scene..Fireman in burning house & Chief calls....

Oh btw John did you remember to clockin before you checked for address-looked up nearby hydrants--cked the streets--etc etc...what...no you didn't...well by golly drop that dang hose & ck in ....you know we have to follow protocol....what did you say....because of shortages you had to do the job of 2 men & you will ck in later.....(same story for police)

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/26/12 - 07:23 am
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Professional people are not

Professional people are not paid by the hour. If you are going to have employees paid by the hour, you have to have a way to determine the hours they worked. The solution may be as easy as the supervisor noting somehow the officer worked extra the night before.

No one is trying to make it difficult for officers and certainly not trying to not pay them for time worked. You have to have some kind of system with hourly workers to get form point A where work is performed to point B where the check reaches the employee.

Tom Beck was fired for what? What were his comments?

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/26/12 - 10:22 am
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Yeah, Soapy is Right

Either you put law enforcement on salary and pay them a set salary no matter the work or you have a viable, legitimate method to determine the hours actually worked. As we all know people have been arrested over time cards not reflecting the hours worked. Tom Beck and the county will end up in court over the current confusion.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/26/12 - 03:25 pm
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Ah yes, the joys of

Ah yes, the joys of privatizing government. When will people learn that government is not, nor ever should be a profit making "bidness". Government doesn't fit "business models" nor should it.

This little kerflukel should point that out to those who want to make our government a business.

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/26/12 - 04:07 pm
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Sure, Leave Our Messed Up Gov't Alone

Yeah, government is not business. Don't try to fix it, just continue along the way it is. Sort of like collective farms.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/26/12 - 07:12 pm
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And here is a nice little

And here is a nice little read about the joys of privatising government functions. Just makes a scalawag all warm and comfy:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/opinion/blow-plantations-prisons-and-p...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/28/12 - 02:03 pm
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Call Out

soapy_725 posted:

Do you remember when you left home? Do you remember when you returned home? Obviously the shift begins and ends at the home, right?

I worked for many years with a set schedule plus call-out duty. In both instances, the clock-in time was the time I arrived at the work location, whether it was the normal office or the field trouble area. The clock-out time was when I left the work area. People should not be paid for their commute time.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/28/12 - 02:06 pm
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Call-out

Oh, yes, and when I was on call-out duty, if I was able to assess the situation on the phone (through a conference call or by instructing the staff on site), I got paid nothing extra and did not get comp time. But that was several years ago. Our entitlement mentality makes time-keeping much more complicated today.

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