Eliminate Payroll Checks and Save Money

Eliminate Payroll Checks and Save Money


We are always looking for ways to save our customer time and money, so when a pay card company approached us about a partnership, we were interested but skeptical.  After reviewing their product offering, checking on some of their references, and because this pay card program is FREE to both employer and employee, we decided it would be a good partnership.

If you pay employees with printed checks or cash, using a pay card to pay wages can benefit both you and your employees.


Benefits to You, the Employer

  1. Save time & money: Pay cards reduce the human hours spent printing, distributing, and reconciling paper checks. You also spend less on paper and ink. You issue one pay card per season to your employee.
  2. Security: Never worry about lost checks or compromised bank account information. You transfer funds to the pay card company, and they load the pay card with the employee’s wages. If a card is lost or stolen, the employee interacts with the pay card company, not you.
  3. Eliminate Accounting Problems: Your employees will get their wages immediately, and you will never have to worry about carrying an uncashed payroll check on your books again.
  4. Ease of use: The pay card integrates seamlessly with your payroll.
  5. Flexibility: Pay cards can be used for various types of payments beyond just wages, such as bonuses, reimbursements, and incentives, offering you more flexibility when managing compensation.


Benefits for Your Employees

  1. Accessibility: Your employees will have immediate access to their wages without having to visit a bank or check-cashing store. Employees without easy access to traditional banking services will find this especially beneficial.
  2. Convenience: Pay cards function like debit cards and can be used for purchases, bill payments, and cash withdrawals at ATMs (with this pay card, the employee has access to approximately 55,000 fee-free ATMs). Your employees won’t need to carry cash or wait for checks to clear.
  3. Security: Pay cards offer enhanced security features such as PIN protection and fraud monitoring, reducing the risk of loss or theft compared to paper checks. Your employees will feel more secure knowing that their wages are protected.
  4. Cost savings: Without the need to cash checks or maintain a bank account, your employees will save on fees associated with check-cashing services or bank account maintenance. Less money for the bank means more money for them.
  5. Budgeting and tracking: Our pay card partner offers online account access and tools for budgeting and tracking expenses.



Overall, receiving wages via a pay card can offer employees greater accessibility, convenience, security, and cost savings compared to traditional paper checks, while also promoting financial inclusion and providing tools for financial management.

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Tackling Piece Work and Overtime Pay

Tackling Piece Work and Overtime Pay


In today’s fast-paced work environment, labor costs are a crucial aspect of business management. In agricultural settings, as in all business settings, overtime pay increases the cost of labor, increasing the input needed to get produce to market. The complication of determining whether a worker should be paid overtime is complicated even more when that worker is paid by the piece. Implementing effective piece rate tracking systems and accurately monitoring overtime can significantly impact a company’s profitability.


Piece Work

Piece work is a compensation system where employees are paid based on the number of items they produce, tasks they complete or the weight of produce picked, rather than the hours they work. Piecework pay motivates employees, as it directly ties their earnings to their productivity.

However, tracking piece work can be challenging. It requires a robust system that accurately records the number of pieces an employee produces, or the weight of the produce picked. Without full transparency and records easily accessible to both the employer and the employee, there may be disputes.


Overtime Pay and Its Implications

Overtime pay is additional compensation given to employees who work beyond regular working hours. Federally, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay nonexempt employees at least one and a half times their regular rate for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. Traditionally, under the FLSA, agricultural employers have not had to pay their workers overtime.

In the past few years, however, states like California, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota have passed laws requiring overtime pay for agricultural workers. Employers in these states must pay all agricultural workers overtime once these workers pass the state overtime threshold. While most states have a weekly threshold, California also has a daily overtime threshold.

Accurate tracking of overtime hours is essential for several reasons to ensure employees are compensated fairly. It also helps businesses manage labor costs and comply with labor laws.


Implementing Effective Labor Tracking Systems

Here are some strategies for and benefits of implementing effective labor tracking systems:

  1. STRATEGY: Use Technology – Leveraging technology greatly simplifies labor tracking.
    • Time-tracking software automatically records the hours employees work, including overtime.
    • For piece work, specialized software can track the number of items produced or the weight picked and the hours over which it was produced, providing a piece rate hourly wage. 
    • This same technology can also warn the employer when employees are approaching the overtime threshold, allowing the employer to reduce overtime costs.

BENEFITS: More accurate records, less human-related data input errors, time saved doing manual entry.

  1. STRATEGY: Pay Transparency – When the employer commits to transparency, the employer has better employer-employee relations. When employees can see what they picked and can easily understand how their pay is calculated, they trust their employer more.
    • Time-tracking software provides employees with receipts after a weigh, at the end of the day, and at the end of the entire pay period.
    • Receipts provided at multiple points by automated systems show employers and employees know how much was picked and how much will be paid.
    • Easy-to-access records give employers a way to avoid employee disputes.
    • Pay transparency is paramount if employers are ever subject to compliance audits.

BENEFITS: Better employer-employee relations due to trust. Better employee retention. Fewer employee complaints.


Time and Money Savings: An effective labor tracking system, especially if automated, will save employers time, money, and headaches.

    • Some automated systems may not require an additional employee to ensure workers do not cheat the system.
    • Totaling end-of-day receipts or punch cards becomes a thing of the past when pieces and/or hours are tracked automatically.


Effective labor tracking is key to managing piece work and overtime pay. By leveraging technology and maintaining transparency, businesses can ensure fair compensation, boost employee motivation, and enhance productivity making it a win-win for both employers and employees.

2nd Sight can help agricultural employers with labor tracking solutions. Send us a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call today 509-381-2112.

No Farm is too Small for Labor Tracking

No Farm is too Small for Labor Tracking

Task Management

On a small farm, individuals must wear multiple hats and perform various tasks. Often a general labor worker may start the day with piece work like pruning, then finish the day with an hourly task. At the end of the work week, 2nd Sight’s labor tracking software makes it easy to pay employees whose work involves both piece and hourly work, and you can provide your employees with an accurate accounting of their pay.

2nd Sight’s has a labor tracking software that meets your needs. You can use it to organize and prioritize tasks, ensuring that work is distributed effectively and completed on time. If you have employees who work independently, they can clock in and out on their phones using MobileClock. And you can track where those employees are and what they are doing. If you have employees earning by the piece or container, you can use FairTrak or QuickPick. If you pay by weight, FairPick or FairPick Flex may be the solution for you.

Regardless of the budget, size, or needs, 2nd Sight has a system that will work for you.

Scaling Potential

As a small farm grows, labor tracking makes it easier to scale operations – the transition from small to large is smoother when you already have a system that manages and tracks labor effectively. Why, might you ask? An established labor tracking system results in more accurate record keeping, better compliance with the latest labor rules and regulations, and data-driven decisions.

Digitally collected data also gives you the ability to run various reports with the click of a button to track and see what area, crop, variety, and employees are the most efficient. By tracking these metrics, you can maximize labor and resources as your farm scales.

Finally, labor tracking saves resources and cuts down on administrative headaches no matter how large you grow. In the short term, you don’t need a slew of administrative folks to count punch cards and enter data. On a daily basis, you can easily see whether employees are meeting minimum productivity requirements, and you can avoid paying overtime. You can provide easy-to-read, accurate records to your employees so there are no questions about pay. And, if state employment administrators need to see your pay records, you can provide the information requested without having to search through piles of paper.

Technology Accessibility

2nd Sight’s labor tracking solutions are designed to be user-friendly and accessible. Cloud-based systems, mobile apps, and intuitive interfaces make it feasible for even the smallest-scale farmers with limited technical expertise to adopt and benefit from such software. We design our systems to be as user-friendly and simple as possible. Anyone with a regular PC computer or smartphone can track data and view data through the 2nd Sight Customer Portal. In addition, we provide customer support to help you set up your system to conform with your processes.


In conclusion, whether you are a small “mom and pop” farm, a new farm with aspirations to grow, or a full-fledge, large-scale farming corporation, incorporating labor tracking solutions will provide you with copious benefits. 2nd Sight has a system for all budgets, sizes, and processes.

For more information regarding 2nd Sight’s labor and inventory tracking systems, contact us at 509-381-2112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..