Biometric Time Clocks And What You Need to Know

What Are Biometric Time Clocks?

As the labor force develops and changes over the years, technology evolves rapidly alongside it. Biometric timeclocks have become a necessity among organizations looking to ensure efficiency and accuracy in workforce management. This may raise the question; what exactly are biometric time clocks and how do I use them?

Instead of punch cards, paper timesheets, or pin codes, a biometric timeclock uses an employee’s unique measurement of a chosen physical attribute to verify their identity. Some popular methods include fingerprint, facial recognition, hand geometry, or an iris scan. Biometric data is unique to the individual and cannot be forged, making it ideal when avoiding time theft.

AMGtime offers a variety of data capture methods, including multiple biometric devices, as well as providing proximity cards, web clocks, mobile apps, and more.

How Can Employers Use This Technology?

AMGtime makes the use and management of biometric data simple and streamlined. With our badge repository system, once an employee is registered, their profile, along with their biometric templates, can be added, used, or removed across multiple devices and locations with just a few clicks in the AMGtime software.

AMGtime has the tools and options that allow you to stay compliant while using innovative technology. As an employer, you can choose the method of data capture, the option to take pictures alongside timeclock transactions, and how long you would like to retain biometric data, photos, and other personal employee information.

Current Legal Landscape

With an increased focus on privacy, some government agencies, states, and/or localities regulate how biometric data can be collected, used, stored, and retained. Depending on where you are located, it is important to stay informed and compliant.

States including Illinois, California, Texas, New York, have laws regulating the collection and use of biometric identifiers in several settings, including employment. There are required steps such as establishing and providing employees with a written policy regarding the collection, use, and length of retention of biometric identifiers and data. States like Illinois also require procedures for obtaining employees’ written and signed consent, non-retaliation for refusal, and ensuring a reasonable standard of care with biometric data that is aligned with other confidential and sensitive information.

>Please note that the information AMGtime provides is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal information or advice. Please check your local requirements.

What Employers Can Do to Support Compliance

AMGtime has compiled useful links and sample privacy policy and consent forms that can be customized and implemented in your organization. Please note, all forms and policies must be approved and implemented by the organization and their legal advisors. AMGtime does not create an attorney-client relationship by providing documents or information.

Biometric Privacy Policy

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