Staff Time Tracking

[For Admins + Managers] Learn how to view, add, edit, and delete staff timecards, along with calculating overtime for payroll!

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Easily view, add, and manage staff timecards from your account to ensure accurate records for payroll and ratios!

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If you are looking for a report on the total hours staff worked in a specific date range, check out the Time summaryoption below!


View Staff Hours

Admins have two options to view staff hours on the Time Tracking page in brightwheel - All timecards and Time summary. Use the steps below to locate each option.

View Timecards

Administrators can view a detailed breakdown of staff check-in and out times from the All timecards tab.

  1. Navigate to the Staff & Payroll page on the left sidebar

  2. Toggle over to Time tracking

  3. Under All timecards, filter by Staff member, Room, and/or Date Range
    ​💡 If filtering ‘By Custom date range’ the end date must be within 60 days of the start date!

  4. To view Staff Health Screens, select the checkbox ‘Show Health Screens

  5. Changes will automatically populate once input or selected

  6. Export, Download, or Print as needed

View Time summary

Administrators can view the total hours worked by staff along with overtime calculations from the Time summary tab. Overtime rules can be configured within your School Settings.

  1. Log in on the web

  2. Click the Staff & Payroll section on the left-side menu

  3. Click the Time tracking tab

  4. Toggle to the Time summary tab

  5. Filter timecards for staff the the following times:

    1. All Time, Month, Week

    2. Pay Period (the default Pay Period can be customized from your School Settings)

    3. Custom
      💡If you choose to use the Custom date range, you can only view information for 180 days at a time. If you need to do a custom date range for longer than that, we recommend using our Timecard Report instead

  6. If exporting, click Export or Print

💡 All staff timecards are calculated to the minute.


Add a New Timecard

Adding a new timecard for missed clock-ins can be easily remedied!

  1. Log in on the web

  2. Click the Staff & Payroll section on the left-side menu

  3. Jump to the Time tracking tab

  4. Click the Add timecard button

  5. Choose the staff member in the 'Staff' dropdown menu

  6. Input the Date & Room the timecard is for

  7. Input the staff member's Time in and Time out (the Shift total will automatically calculate)

  8. If needed, click + Add another timecard to repeat the process for another date/time

    💡The Time In and Time Out columns will autofill with the same times as the last timecard entered.

  9. When finished, click Create or simply press enter/return on your keyboard


Edit/Delete a Timecard

Admin can edit or delete a staff's timecard from either the web or mobile platform.

💡 If staff are consistently forgetting to check out for the day and encountering an error when they go to check in the next day, enable the Auto Check Out Staff setting for your program!

On the Web

  1. Log in on the web

  2. Click the Staff & Payroll section on the right-side menu

  3. Jump to the Time tracking tab

  4. On the All timecards tab, use the Date, Staff, and Room filters to locate the applicable timecard
    💡 If Pay Periods are enabled, this will be the default Date filter but can be changed manually if needed!

  5. Once located, click Actions on the timecard row

  6. If editing, click Edit

    1. Adjust the Room and Time in/out as needed

    2. Click + Add another timecard to add another time card for the same or a different day as needed

      💡The Time In and Time Out columns will autofill with the same times as the last timecard entered.

    3. When finished, click Save

  7. If deleting, click Delete

    1. Click Delete again to confirm the action

On the App

  1. Log in on the app

  2. From the Administrator Home, tap on Staff

  3. Tap the View Timecards button at the bottom of this screen

  4. View all staff timecards including dates, staff name, room, check-in, and check-out time

  5. Click on any timecard entry to edit or delete it

  6. If editing:

    • Tap the pencil icon next to the In/Out times to adjust them

    • If removing a timestamp, click Remove

    • If updating a timestamp, click Set when finished

  7. If deleting:

    • Click the 🗑️ icon in the top right corner and the page will automatically reload and the timecard entry will be deleted


View Timecard Edit History

Admins can view all edits made to timecards to help track changes for transparency and accountability purposes.

  1. Log in on the web

  2. Click the Staff & Payroll section on the right-side menu

  3. Jump to the Time tracking tab

  4. On the All timecards tab, use the Date, Staff, and Room filters to locate the applicable timecard
    💡 If Pay Periods are enabled, this will be the default Date filter but can be changed manually if needed!

  5. Once located, click Actions on the timecard row

  6. From the drop-down menu, select History

In the pop-up, you will see all edits made to the selected timecard including who created the timecard, who and when made the updates, along with what was changed.

🚩 Please note that audit logs are not accessible for timecards created or updated prior to 4/26/2024.


Calculating Overtime

From the Time summary tab, Administrators can calculate overtime hours worked by staff. Programs can customize their week start day and select if they calculate daily, double, or weekly overtime.

For definitions and additional details on the overtime rules available, please visit our School Settings resource.

EXAMPLE ↓

ℹ️ The following example calculates overtime based on weekly and daily thresholds. While not all programs require daily overtime, this may be required by some employers in California.

Let’s assume the program’s work week starts on Sunday and based on their state requirements, they must consider anything worked beyond 40-hours as overtime. They also must pay overtime if a employee works beyond 8 hours in a given day and double overtime if worked past 12 hours in a given day.

First, to accommodate these requirements, the program will need to customize their payroll settings in brightwheel to the following:

Based on the overtime rules, here's how the overtime calculations in brightwheel would appear for that single employee:

ℹ️ The top number shows the 'current page' hour count. If there are multiple pages, click 'Show All' at the bottom for the total of all records


Additional Attendance Reporting

While brightwheel recommends viewing staff attendance and timecard data from the centralized Time tracking page, the same data can be viewed and exported through additional reporting options.

Timecards Report ↓

The Timecards Report details the total hours worked for staff in a date range. Overtime hours worked by staff hours are automatically calculated within this report. Visit the Calculating Overtime section for details on how overtime is calculated.

  1. Navigate to the Reporting page on the side menu & select Reports

  2. Under Staff reports, select Timecards

  3. Filter by Staff Member, Room, and Date from/to as needed

  4. Click Apply

  5. Download, Export, or Print as needed

    1. To download click Export > select the File Type > click Download or the Email to button

    2. To print, type CMD/CNTRL + P on your keyboard to open the print preview pane

🚩 When pulling a report from Reporting > Timecards, it is limited to 180 days. For longer periods, use Staff & Payroll > Time Tracking and filter for "All Time"

ℹ️ The top number shows the 'current page' hour count. If there are multiple pages, click 'Show All' at the bottom for the total of all records

Time Summary Report ↓

The Time Summary Report displays detailed attendance records with rooms, times, and total hours in a date range.

  1. Navigate to the Reporting page on the side menu & select Reports

  2. Under Staff reports, select Time Summary

  3. Use the Date filter to select the appropriate range
    💡 If Pay Periods are enabled, this will be the default filter but can be changed!

  4. Select the Staff member using the dropdown filter

  5. Results will auto-populate based on the selected filters

  6. Download, Export or Print as needed

    1. To download click Export > select the File Type > click Download or the Email to button

    2. To print, type CMD/CNTRL + P on your keyboard to open the print preview pane

The Time Summary report, in addition to Time tracking page, displays staff overtime calculations. Please visit our Overtime Calculations section for more information.


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