By Rosie Squires
FINGERPRINT scanners are being used to monitor workers’ hours and lunch breaks, with some businesses using the technology to dock employees’ pay if they are late.
Workers at Qantas, Dan Murphy’s, Breville and Unomedical are among those using the new system, called PeopleKey, which clocks employees in and out.
The scanners register workers’ fingerprint and records the time they start and finish.
The information can be forwarded to payroll offices and employees can be penalised if they are caught arriving late or slacking off.
A Dan Murphy’s spokesman said it used the system to monitor staff at its liquor stores, but said employees were not docked for a few minutes’ tardiness.
“Staff who are significantly late may have the time deducted from their pay or, at the manager’s discretion, can choose to make up the time,” a spokesman said.
“Like many major retailers, Dan Murphy’s has found electronic clocking in and out to be a reliable method of recording staff hours, as well as enabling store managers to know which team members are on site for health and safety purposes.”
A similar fingerprint system will be rolled out at RailCorp by the middle of next year as part of a trade-off for pay rises in last year’s enterprise agreement negotiations.
“RailCorp plans to introduce an electronic time capture and payment process for all employees,” a spokesman said.
“When it is in place, staff will verify their attendance by way of a swipe card and finger scan. The scans themselves are stored as mathematical algorithms rather than images.
“This initiative will streamline and simplify our time and attendance processes, eventually eliminating the need for staff to manually record their time at work on paper timesheets or in attendance books.