Coming soon: the state-of-the-art Kronos time and attendance system. Kronos is rolling out at all agencies over the next few months. Note: Actual interface will vary depending on agency and use.
As announced by the Chairman on May 10, the MTA is transitioning to a new biometric time and attendance system. Installation of new Kronos InTouch clocks is underway and will be completed in phases over the coming months.
“This is a big plus for our organization, it’s something we need to do,” says Wael Hibri, Senior VP Shared Services, whose team is managing the transition.
“Right now, we have a variety of time and attendance systems, some outdated,” Hibri explained. “This upgrade integrates all agencies and departments into a single digital platform. It has many benefits in terms of efficiency and security.”
You will receive training as the new system rolls out. In the meantime, some FAQs are provided below.
Why do we need this new time and attendance system?
We are seeking to eliminate unnecessary paperwork, modernize our recordkeeping, and increase transparency in our use of public funds. These are just a few of the reasons why we must upgrade our outdated manual entry, swipe, and punch-clock systems.
Why is the new Kronos system so important?
Our mission demands that employees must sometimes work beyond their regular hours through emergencies, extreme weather, and critical project schedules. In a time of severe budget challenges, it is important to accurately record the attendance of our 72,000 hard-working employees. We owe this to the public, our customers, and our fellow employees.
Does this affect all MTA employees at all agencies?
Yes. All MTA employees, both represented and non-represented, will use the new system. One of the new biometric clocks is being installed this week at the offices of the Chairman and the MTA executive leadership.
What do I need to know to use the new system?
You will receive training on using the new clocks as the Kronos upgrade rolls out at your agency. Briefly, employees will register for the system by inputting a finger image. This encrypts and secures your identity. The scan is coded and cannot be retrieved from the system. After that, using the clock is easy.
When is this going to happen?
The procurement process is complete and installations are already underway at some locations. The system is due to be activated at LIRR and Metro-North within 90 days and at all other agencies and headquarters within six months.
How will this affect payroll processing?
It won’t. A top priority in adopting this system was to ensure that there is no impact on payroll processing. Once the registration is done, biometric sign-ins will be quick and easy. Your agency may develop more specific policies to support your workflow as needed.