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Best Time and Attendance Systems 2017

To help you find the right time and attendance system, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2017 best picks for time and attendance systems and an explanation of how we chose them.

Small Businesses
stratustime
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  • Clock In/Out Options
    Physical time clocks, mobile website, telephones, web kiosk and computers
  • Cost
    $4 per employee, per month
  • Free Trial
    No
  • PTO and Scheduling Tools
    Yes
Very Small Businesses
uAttend
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  • Clock In/Out Options
    Physical time clocks, computers, mobile app and telephones
  • Cost
    $18 per month for up to 9 employees
  • Free Trial
    No
  • PTO and Scheduling Tools
    Yes
Mobile Workforce
TSheets
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  • Clock In/Out Options
    Mobile app or website, computers, text, Twitter, telephones and kiosk
  • Cost
    $5 per employee, plus $20 base fee per month
  • Free Trial
    14-Days
  • PTO and Scheduling Tools
    Yes
Larger Employers
TimeClock Plus
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  • Clock In/Out Options
    Physical time clock, mobile app, computer and telephone
  • Cost
    Between $24 and $36 per employee, per year
  • Free Trial
    No
  • PTO and Scheduling Tools
    Yes

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, include lifetime guarantees and are among the cheapest we found. Besides its ability 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 cloud-based time and attendance system that offers three different service plans, which vary by price and the number of features included. 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, TimeClock Plus is 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 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 18 time and attendance systems to consider as best picks. They were: Acrotime from Acroprint, Buddy Punch, 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, reading user comments and checking out its Better Business Bureau rating. We also considered 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 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 factors:

  • Cost
  • Time-tracking capabilities
  • Time off management
  • Overtime monitoring
  • Scheduling tools
  • Available reports
  • Ease of use
  • Customer service
  • Integration options
  • Mobile access
  • Better Business Bureau complaints and rating

We know that many businesses are looking for biometric time and attendance systems. These systems require employees to use their fingerprints or a facial scan to log into the system. This prevents "buddy punching," which is when employees clock in or out for their late or absent co-workers.

Businesses should know, however, that nearly all time and attendance systems, including most of our best picks, offer biometric options. As long as the system you choose works with physical time clocks, it is likely it utilizes biometrics. Nearly all time and attendance system providers that offer physical time clocks have biometric time clocks as an option.

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, email 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, request time off and swap shifts. 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 variety 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 and 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

AsureForce – AsureForce is a cloud-based time and attendance system that allows employees to clock in and out via Web browsers and mobile devices. The system features a "GeoPunch" option that lets remote workers manage their time and attendance from anywhere, an employee scheduling tool and a host of valuable reports. Employers can also use the AirClock biometric facial recognition time clock, which takes a photo of each employee when the clock in and out to eliminate buddy punching. asuresoftware.com/product-lineup/time-attendance

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' 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 information collected from data-collection terminals and converts it into a database format for the generation of employee reports. It keeps track of 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 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 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, online pay stubs, a seamless interface to accounting systems and ad-hoc data analysis. The system also features a mobile app for both iPhones and Android devices. goclockwise.com

Datamatics Management Services – Datamatics Management Services offers several different time and attendance solutions. Timesheets Plus is a web-based system that includes employee and manager self-service workflows, configurable business logic, mass edit capabilities, multi-level security and multiple data collection options. The TC-1 is an on-premises enterprise system that operates on the Windows platform. Features of the system include attendance tracking, absence management, job payroll preparation, reporting, access control, time entry device integrations, IVR, data exchange and a PC time clock. datamaticsinc.com/service/time-and-labor

Deputy – Deputy's time and attendance system allows employees to start and end shifts using an iPad kiosk, mobile app, web app, Apple Watch or SMS. With the system, businesses can generate invoices based on hours worked per customer, task or activity straight into your accounting software. Employers can use the system's mobile geolocation capability or the face detection tool to ensure employees are where they should be, every shift. deputy.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 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 for 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

EmCentrix – EmCentrix's HRMS offers extensive attendance and time tracking functionality, including online time clocks and time sheets. The system can collect time information in a number of ways, including online time clocks, physical time clocks or manual time sheets. With the online time clock, punches can be uploaded to the system as they occur, populating time sheets and other related reports such as employee schedules instantly. Employees can access their time information through their own employee home page, and can review their punches and notify employers and managers of any changes. emcentrix.com/Time_Attendance.html

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 can be used 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 to minimize instances of overtime, identify repeat time clock offenders and create 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

eTime Xpress – eTime Xpress by Celayix Software is a time and attendance system that enables employees to clock in and out via the telephone, web, smartphone or time clock. The system allows businesses to monitor employee activity, such as early or late clock-in/out, as well as missed shifts. In addition, it can perform virtual safety check; confirm employees GEO location; pay correct employee overtime, vacation, and statutory holiday wages in accordance with labor laws; and raise attendance visibility through real-time monitoring and reports celayix.com

ExakTime – ExakTime is a web-based time and attendance system that offers several ways for employees to clock in and out: a time clock app, wireless time clock for outdoor job sites and the web. The clocks and app send GPS time stamps and site updates to the software in the cloud for secure access on any computer system or browser-based device. It allows for the ability to manage a workforce in real time, from anywhere. The time clock software provides default access levels that can be modified or completely customized for workers and supervisors. exaktime.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 and biometrics. The system also offers web-based and mobile time clocks. hillmantechnologies.com

Homebase – Homebase is a cloud-based time and attendance system that allows employees to clock in and out via any web browser, tablet or mobile phone. The system uses GPS to track where remote workers are starting and ending their shifts and can take pictures of those clocking in and out for verification purposes. The system can prevent early clock-ins and send notifications if someone hits overtime or doesn’t show up for work. Homebase also provides a sophisticated scheduling tool. For employees, the system allows them to check their schedule, trade shifts, message their team, request time off and estimate their pay from their mobile devices. joinhomebase.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' time and attendance system, Attendance Enterprise, can easily scale to accommodate any side workforce. With the system, you can identify attendance exceptions, such as tardiness and absenteeism; 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.comKronos 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

McKesson Time and Attendance – McKesson Time and Attendance is designed exclusively for the health care industry. The system ensures compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, resident 80-hour work week and other labor statutes. It provides automatic attendance point-tracking and absence monitoring and integrates with ANSOS One Staff. The system allows workers to clock in and out via the web or biometric time clock. mckesson.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

mJobTime – mJobTime is a mobile time and attendance system designed specifically for construction companies. The system is available as a web-based or on-premises solution. The web edition can capture clock ins and outs in real time or after the fact. In addition, it allows foremen to review, edit, distribute, and approve time in the field; track production units, per diem, and other expenses; and document jobsite events with field notes and pictures. The on-premises system runs on Windows devices. Both systems offer a variety of modules. The labor module lets you track labor hours by job, phase, cost code, pay code; the GPS manager tracks GPS coordinates of employees at clock in and out; and the budget manager tracks actual hours or units by job and cost code versus budget. mjobtime.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 most 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

OnTheClock.com – OnTheClock.com allows employees to punch from a computer, mobile app or wall-mounted tablet. The system manages paid time off and has a who's in page so employers always know who is working. OnTheClock.com has scheduling tools, simple time card editing and automatic break deduction. ontheclock.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, a 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

Parim – Parim is workforce management software that includes a time and attendance feature. The system allows employees to clock in and out via computers, tablets and mobile devices. Parim's mobile app, for iPhone and Android devices, records a GPS location of where workers start and end their shifts. The system also features a drag and drop scheduling tool and keeps track of paid time off. Additionally, Parim offers human resources and payroll components. parim.co

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

Sierra Workforce Solutions – Sierra Workforce Solutions offers on-premises and cloud-hosted time and attendance systems. The system allows employees to punch in and out via simple time clocks, sophisticated biometric devices, web-based options and a mobile application. The system integrates with virtually all popular accounting and human resources management software products. In most cases, this is accomplished via a bi-directional programming interface that eliminates export and import files. sierraws.com/time-attendance

SmartLinx – SmartLinx Time and Attendance solutions enable employers to enforce and record rules for punching in by location, position, shift, scheduled time and certifications. Overtime is recorded through monitoring of arrivals, departures and proper shift changes, and through proactive notifications. Employers can adjust schedules to actual worked time, whether from SmartLinx time clocks or mobile punches, completely integrated with the WorkLinx product suite and automated to ensure the schedule accurately reflects the time worked. The platform also prevents buddy punching and other time theft. smartlinxsolutions.com/products/time-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 available that lets employees clock in and out with 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, multilocation 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

Synerion – Synerion is a time and attendance system that uses electronic tags, barcode badges, magnetic stripe cards, biometrics or touch screen inputs in place of paper cards to track working hours. Synerion also offers workforce management, labor costing, staff scheduling and absence management software. synerion.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 is a cloud-based time and attendance system that's 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 a web-clock 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 quickly and securely clocks employees in or out, organizes time entries, allows you to manage permissions, and provides 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 employee time and attendance system. It is designed for businesses that have between 50 to 1,000 employees. TimeForce provides complete flexibility with time collection. You can use its mobile apps, self-service, the TimeForce Kiosk option or physical time clocks (further choices include 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 in the cloud. 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 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. 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 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

Timesheet Mobile – Timesheet Mobile is a GPS-enabled time, attendance and scheduling solution designed to track mobile employees. The Timesheet Mobile app accurately monitors your on the clock employees, issues alerts and creates a record of their departure times on the server. Email notifications can then be issued to the appropriate manager. iPhone and Android users have access to the system's Punch Prompt alerts via the timesheet app, reminding them to clock in and out upon entering or leaving a geofenced jobsite. To ensure hassle-free payroll, managers and bookkeepers can run online timesheet reports from any browser, track regular and overtime hours in real time, and seamlessly integrate with both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online. timesheetmobile.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. timetrak.com

TimeTrex – TimeTrex's time and attendance module tracks and monitors employee attendance in real time, from anywhere. The system offers a variety of ways to track employee attendance: time clocks, web browsers, smartphones and 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

Time Doctor – Time Doctor is a system that satisfies the time and attendance needs of individuals and teams irrespective of whether they are working on a PC, laptop or mobile device. Besides tracking when employees start and end their day, it also tracks the time taken to complete each task and the websites and apps each employee accesses. In addition, it takes occasional screenshots. If the software recognizes a period of inactivity, it automatically puts the user on break. Time Doctor generates detailed reports,  which can be viewed by managers and clients. It can integrate with 32 other apps to provide extended functionality timedoctor.com.

Time Management Systems – Time Management Systems' Time and Attendance offers a number of unique modules that can be configured to suit each business's specific needs. There is an employee self service module that provides staff members with access to their time and attendance information; a real-time dashboard that highlights important information; drill-down summaries that provide summary information for a workgroup or an individual employee, including personal information, worked hours, and exceptions; a scheduling tool; and instant time cards that automatically recalculate so totals, summaries, and employee data are always accurate. The system also manages paid time off and offers more than 50 standard real-time workforce management reports. timemanagementsystems.com/time-attendance

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 SurePayroll. uAttend offers subscription options for businesses with workforces ranging from fewer than nine employees to more than 100. uattend.com. Read our full review here.

VeriClock – VeriClock is a cloud-based employee time tracking system. With the system, employees can clock in and out via telephone, smart phone or web. Managers can view, verify and report on employee hours in real time. Email notification alerts for all clock in and out activity can be set up for one, some or all employees. In addition, alerts can be set up to detect the most common types of errors employees make – forgetting to clock in at the beginning of the day, or forgetting to clock out at the end. The TimeGuard feature detects if an employee is clocked into the system when they aren't supposed to be and will auto-clock them out. Supervisors are notified of the error by email. vericlock.com

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 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

Ximble Time Clock – Ximble Time Clock from Nimble Software Systems is a time and attendance solution that allows employees to clock in and out using PIN codes or QR code scanning. It also features a photoClock feature to verify employee identity when checking in. The system also includes fully customizable scheduling software, a manger dashboard, timesheet software, geo-fencing, PTO tracking, and integration with existing HR, point-of-sale and payroll software. ximble.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 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.