New Fridley company preparing businesses for new legislation

A business new to Fridley is helping restaurant and retail businesses prepare for the Sick and Safe Time ordinance taking effect in major Minnesota cities on July 1st.

Payroll Control Systems, which was previously headquartered in Brooklyn Center, is a leading provider of payroll, payroll tax, time and labor, and human resources solutions in the Nation and is preparing businesses for the upcoming changes.

When the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance goes into effect in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, it will be mandatory for restaurant employers with six or more employees to provide paid sick and safe time. The ordinances will only be enforced against employers within the respective cities-at least for now. However, the ordinance will cover businesses located outside city limits, but have workers in the city.

The Hennepin County District Court’s temporary injunction that prohibits the City of Minneapolis from enforcing its ordinance against employers residing outside of the city is on appeal, with oral argument scheduled for July 11. A final decision expected to be made within 90 days.

After the ordinance takes effect, Payroll Control Systems cloud based human capital management system plans to make life easier for businesses in Minnesota.

A solution found in Fridley

Payroll Control Systems Vice President Joe Weepie is worried that restaurant and business owners are not aware of the time and tracking that will be necessary when the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance takes effect.

He says Payroll Control Systems is the solution.

“Once this happens some business owners are going to get overwhelmed and say ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” said Weepie. ”That is where we come in. Now that we are throwing more and more stuff at employers I think it makes more sense for businesses to outsource these tasks.”

According to Weepie, one out of three businesses are still unaware or unprepared to implement a new policy into their existing process. They also haven’t updated their employee handbooks or properly communicated this new ordinance to their employees.

For David Benowitz, COO of Craft & Crew Hospitality, this new ordinance  is going to mean tracking employee data across four restaurants and a food truck that serves patrons at local parks and festivals throughout the metro.

According to the Sick and Safe Time ordinance, employees with Craft & Crew Hospitality will accrue one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours per year that can be carried over to the following year.

“It all needs be tracked to assure compliance,” said Benowitz. “And, this is in addition to managing the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and the overall administration of benefits and COBRA. Time consuming, yet important, these added requirements take me away from my core responsibilities.”

Payroll Control Systems provided Craft & Crew with a cloud based human capital management system that manages all aspects of human resources.  Craft & Crew is one of the first businesses in the hospitality industry to utilize the new system offered by Payroll Control Systems.

“We reduced our employee on boarding process from three hours to 20 minutes and integrated HR, payroll and benefit management into a single source database,” says Benowitz.

Payroll Control Systems processes over 1000 payrolls each month across all 50 states with branches in Arizona and Wisconsin.

Contact Sam Lenhart at sam.lenhart@ecm-inc.com.