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Best Time and Attendance Systems 2016

To help you find the right time and attendance system, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of the time and attendance systems we think are best and an explanation of how we chose them.

Want to take a step back and learn more about time and attendance systems? See what experts advise in our guide to choosing a time and attendance system, and then come back here to see our best picks again.

Stratustime offers everything small businesses need in a time and attendance system. The cloud-based solution has a comprehensive assortment of time-tracking options, with employees able to clock in and out via traditional time clocks, internet-connected computers, mobile devices and telephones. The system also manages paid time off, generates employee schedules, monitors overtime hours, integrates with a wide range of payroll services and features a variety of mobile options. We were impressed with the system's easy-to-use online portal, the company's customer service and the system's affordable monthly cost. Go here for a full review of stratustime.

The uAttend time and attendance system is a good fit for very small businesses because it is cloud-based and requires no special software to install. The system is very flexible, letting employees clock in and out with time clocks, web browsers, mobile devices and telephones. uAttend's time clocks are plug-and-play ready, send data in real time to the system, include lifetime guarantees and are among the cheapest we found. Besides being able to record when employees come and go, the system also manages paid time off, tracks how long employees work on specific projects and creates officewide schedules. Go here for a full review of uAttend.

TSheets allows remote employees to clock in and out with laptop computers, smartphones, telephones, text messages and Twitter. Additionally, the system records not only exactly where workers start and end their shifts, but also their locations throughout the day. The pricing is extremely affordable, and the customer service is among the best we encountered. Go here for a full review of TSheets.

TimeClock Plus is a time and attendance system that offers a lot of variety. Businesses can choose from three different service plans, which vary by price and the number of features included, and whether they want the system hosted in the cloud or installed and housed within their own business. The most comprehensive plan not only includes multiple ways to track when employees come and go, but also features a paid-time off management component and scheduling tools. Additionally, the system, especially the cloud-based option, is extremely affordable, and easy to use. Go here for a full review of TimeClock Plus.

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To determine the best time and attendance systems, we started by listing all of the vendors that have a good reputation online (i.e., services that were favorably and consistently reviewed by other websites). Then, we interviewed small business owners to discover new ones to add to our list.

We ultimately settled on 17 time and attendance systems to consider as best picks. They were: Acrotime from Acroprint, Clockspot, ClockVIEW from Acumen, EPAY Systems, Kronos' Workforce Ready, myGeoTracking from Abaqus, NovaTime, stratustime from nettime solutions, TimeAttend from Replicon, TimeClick from Hawkeye Technology, TimeClock Plus, TimeForce from Infinisource, Timesheets.com, TimeStar from Insperity, TSheets, uAttend from Processing Point and Webtimeclock. (See full list of time and attendance systems and their websites below.)

Next, we researched each provider by investigating its services, watching tutorials and how-to videos, trying out the system when possible, and reading user comments. We also considered the pricing. After narrowing down the list to 10 contenders, we contacted each company's customer service department by phone, and live chat if possible, and posed as business owners to gauge the type of support each provider offered.

It is important to note that our process involves putting ourselves in the mindset of a small business owner and gathering the data that would be readily available to such an individual. All of our research is done by visiting company websites, making calls to customer service and interviewing real users.

In all, we analyzed each service based on the following 10 factors:

  1. Cost
  2. Time-tracking capabilities
  3. Time-off management
  4. Overtime monitoring
  5. Scheduling tools
  6. Available reports
  7. Ease of use
  8. Customer service
  9. Integration options
  10. Mobile access

Here is a full list of time and attendance system providers and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our picks for best services.

Acculor – Acculor is a live, phone based employee absence tracking system. Acculor's live operators answer calls from employees and enter attendance information into a database for accurate tracking. Supervisors and others needing immediate notification are sent instant messages about employee attendance via a variety of devices, such as text messages, pagers, cellular phones and PDAs. In addition, fax, e-mail and online reports are also available. acculor.com 

AcroTime – Acroprint's AcroTime is a web-based system offered in both standard and platinum versions, neither of which requires the installation of special software. With the system, employees can clock in and out via computers, biometric time clocks and badge terminals. Features exclusive to the platinum version include the ability to track accruals and a system to schedule time-off requests. In addition to the time and attendance system, AcroTime offers payroll, HR management, scheduling and marketplace solutions. acrotime.com

ADP Small Business Time and Attendance – ADP's Small Business Time and Attendance system is web-based and offers multiple ways of collecting employee time and attendance information, including via electronic or online time sheets, badge-card time clocks, biometric time clocks, wireless devices or an interactive voice-response system. The software automatically adds up employee hours and feeds them directly to the business's payroll and tax solutions. ADP's system allows managers to create work schedules and track absences, late clock-ins, long lunches and early departures. ADP's solution also allows employees to request and track their paid time off. adp.com

Advance Systems – Advance Systems provides both cloud-based and on-premises time and attendance solutions. Its systems feature a self-service module that enables employees to view schedules, actual hours worked and remaining vacation time besides letting them request time off and shift swaps. The system is compatible with biometric and proximity time clocks, as well as web-based time clocks. Employees can also use telephones and mobile devices to clock in and out. In addition, the system features absence management, employee scheduling and human resources management. advancesystemsinc.com/time-and-attendance

All Hours – All Hours is a cloud-based employee time and attendance system. Workers can quickly clock in or out using a variety of options, from standard wall- mounted time clocks to mobile apps. All data is tagged with geolocation and sent to All Hours' secure web application. The system offers a whole spectrum of features, including time-off requests and approvals, real-time presence information, attendance calculation rules and easy-to-understand reports. allhours.com

AMG Employee Management – AMG Employee Management Inc. is a supplier of time attendance software, products and services. AMG's web-based solution allows you to select multiple types of pay periods and overtime calculations, and assign multiple shifts. You also have the option to add employee logins, time restrictions, bell schedules and benefit accruals. The system is compatible with a variety of AMG real-time biometric attendance terminals. Every plan comes with the ability to track an unlimited number of groups, locations, separate jobs, unique shifts and differentiated pay policies. amgtime.com

APS – APS' time and attendance system is cloud-based. It offers multiple options for time tracking, including biometric verification, online time capture and mobile clock-ins. The system's dashboard provides alerts for an instant view of missed punches, time-off requests and employees who are in or approaching overtime. With this solution, employees can submit time-off requests through the employee self-service site or on their mobile devices, while managers can view potential overlapping time-off requests and available accrual balances, and can approve requests, all from one screen. apspayroll.com

Attendance Enterprise – Attendance Enterprise offers both licensed software installed on-premises in your IT infrastructure and a cloud-based solution with no software to install. The employee self-service provides an online time sheet that gives workers access to their wages and hours. The leave-management tool automates employee requests for time away from work and allows supervisors to approve leaves based on organizational policies. The system works with a variety of time-recording methods, including time clocks with badge readers, proximity readers and biometrics. advancedtime.com

Attendance on Demand – Attendance on Demand is a rapidly deployed, cloud-based solution that offers a number of features for securely managing labor data. The system calculates pay rules, and offers tools for scheduling employees, budgeting labor and automating recordkeeping for labor law compliance and reporting for the Affordable Care Act. attendanceondemand.com

Ban-Koe – Ban-Koe Systems provides workforce and workplace management solutions to thousands of organizations worldwide. The company's time and attendance system, VlDix Labor provides the tools and information necessary to proactively manage a workforce, better monitor labor costs and improve productivity. vIDix LABOR provides a complete audit trail tracking changes and adjustments to an employee’s record. Ban-Koe also offers human resources, access control, visitor information, scheduling and credentialing services. bankoe.com

Bartronics – Bartronics Time and Attendance System reads data collected from data-collection terminals and converts it into a database format for the generation of employee reports. It keeps track of all the employees' real-time data, like entry time, exit time, break time, department, category, shift schedule, leaves, tours, on-duty times and overtime. The system features paid-time-off management and automated email generation and reporting. bartronics.com/time-attendance.html

Buddy Punch – Buddy Punch is a web-based time and attendance system for businesses of all sizes. The system allows employees to punch in and out via a web browser, desktop app or mobile app. The system features a webcam tool that snaps pictures when someone clocks in and out, GPS tracking in order to see where remote employees are starting and ending their day and an IP address lock that stops employees from punching in and out unless they’re on an authorized IP address. Other features include overtime calculations, punch rounding, automatic breaks, paid time off management and built-in notifications for administrators and managers. buddypunch.com

ClockIn Portal – ClockIn Portal is a cloud-based time-tacking solution. With the system, you can clock securely in and out from the login page, clock for unpaid lunches, write shift comments and report miles driven for reimbursement. To prevent employees from clocking in and out from home or their phones, employers can optionally force workers to clock in from a predetermined whitelist of computers or networks. Businesses that use Google Apps can import users into ClockIn Portal using a Google Apps administrator account. The system also integrates with Microsoft Outlook. clockinportal.com

Clockspot – Clockspot is a cloud-based time and attendance system that allows employees to punch in via an online time clock, or from a phone by dialing a toll-free number. The system tracks IP addresses and caller ID, so it knows exactly where employees are clocking in and out from. Employers can log in to the system from any web browser to review employee time sheets and make any necessary adjustments. With Clockspot, you can also track earnings, deductions and reimbursements; manage overtime; and run payroll reports. clockspot.com

ClockVIEW – Acumen Data Systems' ClockVIEW is a web-based time and attendance system. The software gives businesses a complete overview of when their employees are working, taking vacation and staying out sick. Managers can set notifications for when employees take time off. ClockVIEW also allows employees to clock in and out, submit time-off requests, and bid for shifts when other employees call in sick. In addition, the software boasts an instant-messaging feature and the ability to limit when employees can clock in by time of day, employee schedule and location. acumendatasystems.com

Clockwise – GHG Corp.'s Clockwise is a Web-based employee time-sheet-management tool that automates time collection, leave management and approval processes. The system provides online time-sheet reporting, leave management, online pay stubs, a seamless interface to your accounting systems and ad-hoc data analysis. The system also features a mobile app for both iPhones and Android devices. goclockwise.com

Easy Clocking – Easy Clocking is a web-based time and attendance system that offers employees the opportunity to clock in and out via time clocks, fingerprint scanners and the employees' computers. Each of the time-clock options works in conjunction with the Easy Clocking time and attendance software. The software automatically calculates total hours worked, including overtime, vacation, sick days and holidays. The software is also designed to help reduce employee time theft by applying rounding rules, restricting schedules and eliminating the ability for co-workers to clock in other employees. Additionally, the Easy Clocking time and attendance system is built to automate the payroll process by allowing management to transfer time data to all payroll providers. easyclocking.com

easyTIMESHEET – easyTIMESHEET is a web-based system that can be used and administered anywhere a browser can be accessed. This can happen via PCs, laptop computers and mobile devices, as well as with ID devices such as badges or biometric readers. The easyTIMESHEET leave-management module provides self-service functionality for employees and managers. The module allows employees to enter leave requests, which enables a manager-approval workflow process. easytimesheet.com

Emplotime – Emplotime is a time and attendance system that works via a virtual clock. Employees just click on the virtual clock to register when they arrive and leave. From the administrator portal, you can set any device to be the company time clock. Emplotime is 100 percent responsive. You can use it on any device, including PCs, tablets and mobile phones. Features of the system include buddy-punch lockouts, geotracking, overtime monitoring and the ability to export reports to all main formats, such as PDF, Word and Excel. emplotime.com

EmpCenter – Designed to meet the needs of large and growing organizations, Workforce Software's EmpCenter Time & Attendance is an enterprise-grade, cloud-based solution that captures time and attendance and labor data, and automates complex pay rules. In addition, EmpCenter offers employee-scheduling software, absence- and leave-management systems and optimization services. workforcesoftware.com

EmpowerTime – EmpowerTime is a browser-based application that automates the collection, calculation and reporting of employee work transactions. The configurable solution allows employers to analyze and leverage collected attendance data in order to minimize instances of overtime, identify repeat time- clock offenders and create efficient schedules across all departments. The system's mobile self-service lets employees enter punches, perform location/department/job transfers, view timecards and schedules and submit requests from web-enabled devices. empowersoftware.com/solutions/empowertime

EPAY Systems – EPAY Systems is a cloud-based time and labor management systems provider for employers with an hourly, decentralized workforce. Its time-tracking solutions are developed for the hard-to-track workforce. The company's time-collection devices — biometric time clocks, phone, web and mobile app — can be mixed and matched according to the needs of your business. The system's automated time sheets seamlessly integrate with payroll and ERP systems. epaysystems.com

FingerCheck – FingerCheck is designed for small to medium-size businesses in need of a streamlined time-tracking solution. The time-clock application incudes advanced features that allow employers to manage their workforces. Administrators can generate reports to analyze customizable pockets of data, set up daily alerts to be notified of employee punch activity in real time and reference an audit trail to view any changes made to the system. Additionally, employers can arrange for employees to log in and access the software so they can oversee their own hours, make time-off requests and check their schedules. fingercheck.com

Hillman Time Systems – Hillman Time Systems provides integrated hardware and software solutions for time and attendance and labor distribution to the payroll provider of your choice. The company's time and attendance software, called timetrak, automates employee scheduling, time-clock data collection, daily exceptions, payable hours, review, editing and approval processes. The software works with a variety of time clocks, including those that work with swipe cards, fingerprints and biometrics. The system also offers a web-based and mobile time clock. hillmantechnologies.com

Humanity – Humanity is a flexible workforce-management platform and human resources tool. The system's time-clock tool features late and absent notifications, remote clock-in for external staff and facial recognition. The Leave tool allows businesses to customize leave categories, automate request policies and integrate with the Calendar app. humanity.com

Infotronics – Infotronics is a full-featured time and attendance system. Attendance Enterprise fits any size organization, since it can easily scale to accommodate the size of your workforce. With the system, you can identify attendance exceptions, such as tardiness and absenteeism, and take action quickly; eliminate unapproved overtime; automate time-off requests and approvals; and correct and approve employee time cards. The systems' self-service option provides employees with timely information in a secure web browser. There's no need for a time clock, as employees can clock in and out, request leave, and review schedules from any computer. infotronics.com

Kronos Workforce Ready – Kronos Workforce Ready Time Keeping is a cloud-based solution that allows small businesses to fully automate their time and attendance information. Employees can clock in and out via mobile devices, computers and time clocks. Workforce Ready can also manage a variety of employee types, including hourly, salaried and contracted. The system has a GPS feature that automatically records mobile employees' locations when they clock in and out. Workforce Ready also gives employees the ability to check their work schedules, review benefit accruals and request time off. Additionally, the software integrates with a variety of other Kronos Workforce Ready applications, such as human resources, payroll and tax solutions. kronos.com

LightWork Time – LightWork Time is a time and attendance program designed for companies with single or multiple locations and easily accommodates remote employees. Both managers and employees can input employee time at intervals specified by your company. Time can be entered via desktop punch, kiosk punch or biometric/swipe time clock. lightworksoftware.com

Mitrefinch Ltd – Mitrefinch is a provider of workforce management solutions, including time and attendance systems, for medium and large organizations with more than 100 employees. Its on-premises and cloud-based time and attendance systems include HR software that helps manage vacation planning, sick leave and other absences. The system is compatible with any iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows mobile device. The system works with biometric, proximity and web-based clocking terminals. mitrefinch.com

myGeoTracking – The myGeoTracking platform enables solutions across a wide range of industries, from mobile field-force companies to trade services companies, emergency responders and freight-brokering companies seeking driver and load-management solutions and USPS contract support — without any impact on their devices, service plans or cellphone costs. Businesses can use myGeoTracking to track billable hours using electronic time-sheet software. The "Zero Touch" GPS Time Clocking App automatically detects in/out from job sites using geofencing. MyGeoTracking also provides always-on attendance monitoring in addition to automatic clock-in and clock-out capability. The system works on all phones with or without an app. mygeotracking.com

Nortek – Nortek's Workforce is a cloud-based time and attendance system that includes time tracking, scheduling options and leave-management functionality. The system tracks time in and time out by web-based, card-based or bio-clocking devices. Clock punches record the day, time and time zone, and are automatically mapped onto an employee's time sheet to cut down on data entry. Businesses can also define and automate attendance policies and time-off accrual rules based on the companies' own policies. The software gives businesses better insight into labor costs with real-time analytics and integrates with the majority of payroll providers. norteksolutions.ca

NOVAtime – NOVAtime provides complete cloud-based systems for time and attendance and workforce management that are fully equipped with badge time clocks, biometric time clocks, proximity time clocks and web-based kiosk devices, as well as integration capabilities with virtually any human resource or payroll application. NOVAtime Quick Navigator and Dashboard guides users through step-by-step workflows of daily, monthly, annual, payroll and new-hire procedures. novatime.com

On-Time Web – On-Time Web is an online time sheet and mobile time-tracking solution. Employees using On-Time Web have multiple ways of entering time. They can use the Web time sheet in any modern browser, use the OT1000 Web time clock, or the Android time clock app. Features include an in/out board, work-schedule creators, paid-time-off management and the ability to create a variety of custom reports. The system is run completely online and doesn't require the purchase of any additional software. Training and unlimited support is included in the cost of the system. on-timeweb.com

Open Time Clock – Open Time Clock is a secure, web-based time clock system for any size business. It was designed for business owners, bookkeepers and payroll professionals to track employee time, absence and schedule. There is a permanent free plan offered that includes service for an unlimited number of managers and employees. Open Time Clock lets employees clock in or out from any computer or mobile device. opentimeclock.com

PayClock Online – Lathem's PayClock Online is a cloud-based employee time and attendance system. It allows businesses to capture, edit and integrate their time-and-attendance data into a variety of payroll systems, including ADP, QuickBooks and Paychex. Employees have the option to clock in and out in the office using Lathem time clocks or to record punches remotely on mobile devices. PayClock Online calculates worked time, including overtime premiums and shift differentials, and offers multiple-location support with one database and unlimited users. lathem.com

PrimePay – PrimePay's time and attendance solutions make it easy to track workforce allocation, attendance and productivity. The company offers online, desktop-based and server-based services. The software works with badge time clocks, biometric time clocks, web clocks and telephones. In addition to its time and attendance systems, the company offers payroll solutions, human resources and compliance services, insurance and benefits administration and credit card processing. primepay.com/time-attendance-solutions

RealTime Web – Sundial's RealTime Web is web-based time and attendance software designed for companies of all sizes. It offers a flexible mix of management tools, employee self-service and time-clock options. The online self-service portal gives employees access to time records, web punching and time sheets. sundialtime.com

Reflexis – Reflexis provides full-featured time entry, labor tracking and time-costing functionality. Reflexis Time and Attendance provides a wide range of features for managers and employees to track labor and stay in compliance with laws and rules. It supports multiple time-clock options, including clocks with fingerprint biometrics. The system also features a mobile app that's available on Android and iOS platforms and devices that support HTML 5. reflexisinc.com/solutions/labor-operations/time-and-attendance

*stratustime – stratustime from nettime solutions is a web-based system that provides employees with an online dashboard in order to clock in and out, as well as check their hours, schedules and accrual balances. The system also allows staff members to request time off. A mobile application is also available that lets employees clock in and out via their smartphones when they're out of the office. Additionally, it tracks them via GPS, so managers know where they were when they clocked in and out. Stratustime also features scheduling tools. nettimesolutions.com. Read our full review here.

Synel – Synel's time and attendance systems are available for complex, multi-location enterprises, as well as for single-building facilities and organizations with a few employees to thousands. Synel's time-clock app is designed to serve as a reporting tool for field workers moving between sites. Reporting is performed via smartphone or tablet and interfaces directly and fully to the system. synel.com

TimeAttend – Replicon's TimeAttend is a cloud-based time and attendance system. With its configurable and intuitive time sheets, the software allows businesses to track time for any employee type. TimeAttend also automates the time-off management process, with self-service time-off request capabilities and accrual calculations. To help streamline the payroll process, the system enables project managers to store information about employees' schedules, overtime and pay rates. Additional features include automatic emails and alerts that can be set up to ensure that requests for paid time off are submitted and approved on time. replicon.com

TimeCentre – TimeCentre offers both on-premises and hosted time and attendance solutions. TimeCentre handles all steps of the process, from time punch to payroll. The system works with a variety of time-collection hardware and software options. The hosted solution offers multi-browser support, parameter-based configuration, ad hoc reporting, tracking of all paid-time-off accruals, shift differentials and automatic email notifications. timecentre.com

TimeClick – TimeClick from Hawkeye Technology, an on-premises time and attendance system, allows employees to clock in and out from computers across their networks. The system also manages paid time off, has scheduling capabilities and includes nearly 20 different report options. Since it isn't cloud-based, there is only a one-time fee and no monthly charges. timeclick.com

* TimeClock Plus – TimeClock Plus offers a variety of time and attendance systems, including on-premises and cloud-based options. Both types of solutions are available in three separate plans: express, standard and professional. The Express package is designed for customers who have simple time and attendance needs. It tracks employees clocking in and out, and allows businesses to monitor employee status and run basic reports. The standard package, designed for growing organizations, allows employees to clock in and out using the web-clock application and gives managers the ability to edit employee time from any web browser. The professional package provides a full-featured time and attendance solution, with vacation and sick-leave accruals, automated email reports and employee schedule restrictions. The systems are compatible with pin entry, card swipe and biometric time clocks. timeclockplus.com. Read our full review here.

TIMECO – TIMECO offers time and attendance solutions for workforce management and data collection, which include: time and attendance, distribution of labor tracking, scheduling, employee self-service, timesheets, and seamless integration with any ERP or HR/payroll system. Features of the system include a dashboard view, benefit accruals, exception tracking, leave requests, clock integration, email alerts and export capabilities. timeco.com

TimeDrop – TimeDrop Time Clock is a time-tracking application that will quickly and securely clock your employees in or out, organize time entries, allow you to manage permissions and provide real-time payroll and time and attendance reports. Employees can clock in or out via a Windows computer or tablet or a biometric fingerprint scanner. lothill.com/product/timedrop-time-clock

TimeForce – TimeForce from Infinisource is a cloud-based system designed to manage employee time and attendance. It is designed for businesses that have between 50 to 1,000 employees. TimeForce provides complete flexibility with time collection. Use mobile apps, self-service, the TimeForce Kiosk option or physical time clocks, offered with biometric, magnetic swipe or proximity readers. Since the system is browser-based, supervisors and payroll staff can review, edit and approve employee time online at any time. TimeForce exports to all major payroll software packages or your third-party payroll-processing bureau. mytimeforce.com

TimeIPS – TimeIPS is a comprehensive computerized time and attendance system that includes software and optional hardware that work together to track and report on labor, jobs, projects, benefits and schedules. TimeIPS can be run on a business's server or hosted at TimeIPS. Employees can clock in and out via TimeIPS' Network Clock, which provides immediate visual feedback on employee hours worked and available non-overtime hours remaining. Employees can also use a telephone system, as well as their computers or mobile devices, to clock in and out. Additional features include the ability to calculate overtime and track sick and vacation days. timeips.com

TimePilot – TimePilot has five different time-clock products: TimePilot Extreme Blue, TimePilot Extreme Blue Enhanced, TimePilot Tap, TimePilot Vetro and TimePilot PC. All of the time-clock products, except Extreme Blue, use the same Windows-based TimePilot management software and can be used together. Extreme Blue uses only an app; there's no need for PC software. With this system, you can build a single time and attendance system that handles exterior clock-ins, clock-ins via iPhones, clock-ins on the factory floor, clock-ins in an office and clock-ins at employees' desks. timepilot.com

timeQplus – timeQplus offers a wide choice of data-input methods, including basic PC-punching, as well as badge or biometric terminals. You can even mix and match different data-collection methods on the same system. Employees can record their time using work codes for job-costing purposes, while employers can limit access to data, by assigning permission levels. Supervisors can edit and approve time sheets and print reports for their assigned employees, while employees can view and print their own time sheets. timeqplus.com

Timesheets.com Timesheets.com is a provider of web-based employee time sheets for small businesses with up to 500 employees. The system's user interface allows employees to punch in and out of work with just one click. Employees can also categorize their time stamps, leave work notes and request time-stamp adjustments. The system gives managers real-time data on who's clocked in, who is approaching overtime and who is tardy. In addition, geolocation-tracking records the location of employees who work out in the field, and the photo time-stamp tool saves a picture of the employee with every clock punch. The system also manages paid-time-off and mileage and expense information. timesheets.com

TimeStar – Insperity's TimeStar is a web-based time and attendance system that automates time-keeping and scheduling tasks. The software allows employees to clock in and out from any computer or mobile device. In addition, the company offers a badge-based time clock that captures time data on site with the swipe of a badge. With the software, employees can swap shifts, review PTO balances and make scheduling requests. TimeStar also lets managers easily approve or deny employees' requests to switch shifts, leave early and take time off. To help cut down on expenses, TimeStar will send managers alerts when employees are nearing overtime conditions. The system also provides real-time labor analytics in order to control payroll costs. insperity.com

TimeStation – TimeStation is a time and attendance system that's quick to set up and easy to use. It runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that have front-facing cameras. Using the Fast-Scan technology, employees can punch in and out in less than a second, and because TimeStation runs in the cloud, there are no software programs or servers to maintain. Managers can see who's in, and run time and attendance reports anytime, anywhere. With the self-service portal, employees can review their activity, clock in and out, run reports, and create or edit time entries. Managers have full control over which functionality each employee has access to. mytimestation.com

TimeTrak – TimeTrak offers several time and attendance system options, including a software-as-a-service solution that captures and calculates employee time, eliminates paper time sheets and time cards, and alerts employers when employees are tardy or absent. With the system, employees can clock in and out via their computers, while supervisors can manage time off to ensure vacation days or sick time aren't taken when not available. The solution is available on a monthly basis with the "pay-as-you-go" option. timetrak.com

TimeTrex – TimeTrex's time and attendance module tracks and monitors employee attendance in real time, from anywhere in the world. The system offers a variety of ways to track employee attendance: time clocks, web browsers, smartphones and touch-tone telephones. With the system, businesses can set up an unlimited number of accruals to automatically track employee vacations, sick days or banked time. Employees can also see their own accrual balances. Managers can remotely monitor and get up-to-the-second reports regarding employee time and attendance, from anywhere, at any time. timetrex.com

TrackSmart – TrackSmart's online time and attendance system allows employees to punch in and out using any web-connected computer or smart device. No equipment or ID cards are needed. The scheduling feature offers employees the opportunity to see which hours they work, swap shifts and request time off from a web-connected computer or smart device. The attendance portion of the system helps manage time-off requests, approves timesheets, runs detailed reports and stores employee records. tracksmart.com

*TSheets – TSheets is designed as a way for businesses to both track and manage employee time. With the software, employees can clock in and out on their desktop or laptop computers, as well as from their mobile phones. There is also a GPS option that lets businesses automatically see where their mobile employees are throughout the day. In addition, TSheets lets employees clock in and out in real time, enter their time manually, and allocate time to custom fields, projects or tasks. The system allows administrators to manage an employee's time off, sick days and holidays. Additional features include overtime alerts, time-sheet approvals and the ability to see which employees are working at any given time. TSheets' accounts can be configured to be DCAA- and DOL-compliant. tsheets.com. Read our full review here.

*uAttend – Created by Processing Point, uAttend is a Web-based time and attendance system that allows employees to clock in and out from time clocks, Web browsers, mobile devices or telephones. The software tracks vacation, sick days and holidays; prevents employees from clocking in or out early or late to earn overtime; and gives managers the ability to see which employees are working at any given time. The software easily integrates with nearly all payroll-processing systems, such as QuickBooks, Paychex, ADP and Sure Payroll. uAttend offers subscription options for businesses with workforces ranging from fewer than nine employees to more than 100 employees. uattend.com. Read our full review here.

Virtual TimeClock – Virtual TimeClock allows businesses to turn computers into time clock systems. The systems are offered in three different editions. The Basic edition works on just one computer and supports three employees. The Pro edition also works on one computer, but supports an unlimited number of employees. The Network edition works on multiple computers and supports and unlimited number of employees. Virtual TimeClock runs on most Windows PC or Mac OS X computers. The current system, Virtual TimeClock 16, has an updated, but familiar user interface that enables workers to punch in and out up to 50 percent faster and simplifies common administrative tasks. In addition, workers are now automatically prompted if they forget to clock out and time clock managers can easily and quickly identify and correct timecards with missed punches. redcort.com/timeclock

Wasp Barcode Technologies – Wasp Barcode Technologies is an automated time clock software and system provider. The company offers biometric, RFID, HID and bar code time clocks. The on-premises software is available in three separate plans: standard, professional and enterprise. The software allows businesses to track absences and late-arriving employees, send payroll directly to QuickBooks and run a variety of management and payroll reports. waspbarcode.com

When I Work – When I Work is a cloud-based time and attendance system that has both time-tracking and scheduling features. Use a desktop, laptop or tablet as a fixed clock-in terminal, or give employees the option to clock in from their iPhones or Android phones. Attendance alerts remind managers and employees when they forget to clock in or out, while overtime alerts help manage labor costs. The scheduler tool allows you to view the entire week's schedule and move shifts easily from person to person or day to day. wheniwork.com

Are you a time and attendance system provider that would like to be added to this list and possibly considered for our next round of reviews? Please feel free to contact Jeanette Mulvey at jmulvey@purch.com.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.