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Help...we're going to time clock!!

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  • Help...we're going to time clock!!

    I am a director for a tiny preschool with 4 employees in California. In the past 20 years we were able to just trust that each employee was putting in their 4 hours per day, or making up for a 1/2 hour here or there. Because of my management style, or lack thereof, our board of directors wants to be sure we are up to all payroll laws, and will be putting in a time clock in September, when school starts. Some questions I have are :
    --If employees forget to clock in, since this is a change for everyone, what is the rule for adjustments,etc...I need to keep myself out of the equation, or else I'm sure people will say "lynda, i forgot to clock in, can you fix it or add in a 1/2 hour, etc"..and our bookkeeper is off-site and cannot continually make adjustments. Is this a "if you forget to clock in and out then you don't get paid" hard lesson, or what?
    --Everyone works a maximum of 20 hours per week (8:30-12:30 m-f) but occasionally I need them to come in for an hour on a Sunday to set up for a Monday program, or a Wednesday night for 2 hours for open house,etc....since there would never be overtime, is there a law about coming in for an hour or two out of the regular schedule??
    --UGH...what happened to the good ol days when people just came in and did their work??
    Any help or advice, especially for a part-time tiny business would be great.
    Thanks so much!
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