Q. How do we delete employees in TimePilot Central who have been terminated from our company? We have a Vetro clock that we use with the USB drive.
A. In order to remove an employee from TimePilot Central, you’ll first need to make sure there are no transactions tied to that profile in your Current Transactions. If there are, perform an extraction. After that is performed, you can right-click on the profile and delete it.
Vetro customers who use the USB drive to transfer their data have one more step: After deleting the employee from TimePilot Central, you must also update the Vetro clock to reflect the change. Within TimePilot Central, go to Setup > Transfer Changes to Vetro Clocks Using USB. That will take your current employee list from TimePilot Central and place it on your USB drive. Next, plug the USB drive into the Vetro clock and select number 3 in the Administration Menu to apply the changes from the USB drive.
Here’s why we designed the software this way: Let’s say an employee works a regular shift for the first half of the pay period, and then leaves the company. If you deleted that person’s profile while his or her clock-ins and clock-outs were still in Current Transactions, you would end up with “orphan” transactions—transactions with no name attached. By requiring you to extract the pay period before you delete the employee’s profile, you are ensured of keeping a complete record of that person’s work hours.
Q. Can more than one TimePilot Vetro be used on a network?
A. Yes. You can use as many as you want. When you set up each clock, you’ll have the opportunity to give each a name. By doing so, each of your employees’ clock-ins and clock-outs listed in TimePilot Central will include the name of the clock they used.
Q. I need to move the Vetro clock from our office to our shop. If I unplug it, will I lose the data I have entered?
A. No. All your data is safe. The data is saved to "non-volatile" memory, which means that it's saved even if the power goes out. You will have to reset the time on the clock, however, unless you're using our optional Vetro Battery Backup. If you're using the Battery Backup, when you unplug the system from the wall outlet the battery will immediately kick in to power the clock and keep the time accurate. When you plug in the system at its new location, the Battery Backup will shift back to regular power and recharge the battery.For more on the Vetro Battery Backup, click here.
Q. We were looking to delete a couple of shifts that we no longer use. Is this possible?
A. Yes, you can delete shifts as you need to. However, before you can delete a shift, you will need to make sure the shift is not assigned to an employee who has transactions in Current Transactions. If the shift is assigned to an employee, you'll have to assign him or her to another shift (or "No Shift"). When you delete the shift, it will no longer show up from this point forward. The shift will still appear in your extracted pay periods. By the way, you can easily tell at a glance who has what shift in the "Shift" column in Current Transactions. If you don't see a column marked "Shift," here's how to make it appear:
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