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Caution: You Might Enjoy Running Payroll with Contractor Central 2.0

Posted by Kit Dickinson on Jan 22, 2021 7:53:42 AM
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IDI’s Contractor Central has quickly become the solution of choice for construction companies that want to outsource payroll and HR without abandoning their ERP systems. Contractor Central lets employers seamlessly integrate their payroll and ERP data for the first time.

Now, we’re excited to announce the release of Contractor Central version 2.0. Here’s a few tools that make the application better than ever:

  • To Do List on the main dashboard where you can add helpful tips and notes for yourself or for your team. For example, you can create instructions for a backup user right where they’ll be running processes.
  • Expanded User Permissions and Audit Trail. Decide the level of access for your teammates, such as the ability to update tables or run reports.
  • Fully web-based experience with intuitive, flexible, and updated user screens and color-coded processing status.

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Feedback from customers has been tremendous. “For someone that doesn’t like change, this is very positive,” said Debbie Moreira, at Don Jon. “It’s a lot more user friendly than what we currently do. I’m on board. That’s saying a lot.”

Beth Novak at Safety Signs agrees. “It’s super easy. My favorite feature is seeing everything on one screen,” she said.

Need a more complete (and less clunky) payroll solution? Check out this Construction Industry Solution Guide.

Say Goodbye to Painful Payroll Processing

Payroll in the construction industry is famously convoluted and painstaking. Most companies have to cobble together several workaround solutions that don’t naturally play well together, and still they spend dozens of hours on manual data entry. The room for error and the time that’s wasted are tremendous.

Contractor Central ends all of that. IDI’s comprehensive web-based application is designed specifically for construction companies that want to outsource payroll/HR. Contractor Central ensures employees are paid correctly, automates the creation of Certified Payroll and other reports, and exchanges data with leading ERP/Job Cost systems.

By automating pre-payroll rate decision logic, Contractor Central ensures that all your employees are paid according to the contract (Davis Bacon, Service Contract Act, and union contracts) and that the post-payroll reporting and data transfer to the ERP is accurate and timely.

Employers can benefit from the tax and other compliance benefits of outsourced payroll/HR as well as accurate data in the ERP to better understand true project costs.

Contractor Central’s suite of solutions can be tailored to fit your unique needs. End the struggle with union rules, multiple pay rates, and government reporting requirements every pay period.

Related reading: Keys to Avoiding a Painful HCM Integration in Your Construction Company

Contractor Central Frees Up a Full Day of Work

RPMx Construction is a contractor in Plano, Texas, with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Some of their recent projects include building retaining walls for a golf course and excavation for a new Omni Hotel.

Because they work on government-funded projects, RPMx has to be in compliance with prevailing wage and other employee benefits under the Davis-Bacon Act. These rates are project-specific, based on where the job is located. Each pay period, RPMx Construction must submit certified payroll reports to verify that they paid their employees the right rates for work performed.

Laura at RPMx Construction was relying on spreadsheets for calculations, which are inherently error-prone and time consuming. The onerous manual data entry, coupled with potential wage and hour violations, caused her audit anxiety every time she ran payroll.

Laura found that it’s not just filling out the Certified Payroll Reports that can be problematic. It all starts with getting the correct wage and benefit calculations into payroll, which drives the reports. If she was going to submit government reports with confidence, she would need help automating these complex calculations and processes.

Case study: How One Contractor Outsourced Payroll and Kept Their ERP — with No Regrets

We delivered Contractor Central to complement RPMx’s payroll system and existing time-and-attendance application. Now, each pay cycle, Contractor Central automates the accurate assignment of prevailing wages and fringe benefit rates, assigns straight time rates, and calculates the compliant overtime rate for payroll. After payroll runs, Contractor Central accurately and reliably generates Certified Payroll Reports to send to their funding agencies.

Contractor Central gives Laura confidence that RPMx employees are getting the right pay, every time. “I love the solution,” she said. “It’s working great and a huge time saver, saving me a days’ worth of work (every pay period)!”

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Topics: Construction Industry Solutions