Three Tips to Minimize Overtime

Effective January 1, 2015, direct care workers employed by agencies and other third-party employers are entitled to receive at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay. Direct care workers are workers who provide home care services, such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions.

Agencies can minimize overtime by following these three tips:

1. Implement an advanced employee scheduling solution

  • Organize schedules to distribute work evenly over the workforce
  • Use an advanced search engine to avoid including staff in overtime when filling open positions
  • Reduce absenteeism with daily schedule email reminders

2. Track actual attendance in real time

  • Use telephone timekeeping to verify visits in real time
  • Give managers the tools they need to manage the workforce
  • Eliminate low-level timesheet fraud that contributes to overtime

3. Use workforce analytics

  • Track where overtime is occurring by employee, manager, and client
  • Generate overtime bar graph trend reports by manager and division
  • Automatically calculate bonuses for managers who control overtime