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FAQ: Can You Accommodate 24 Hour Shifts?

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 03:47PM MST

This article will explain how to adjust the Punch Join Span Rule in both TimeWorks and TimeWorksPlus.


In TimeWorks, any IN punch without an OUT punch is classified as a missing punch. By default, once 18 hours pass the original IN time, an OUT punch will not be paired to the IN. This is designed to prevent employees from missing an out punch and then forgetting to clock in the following day and mistakenly being paid for more than a days worth of hours.

TimeWorksPlus operates in the same manner except that a punch isn't classified as missing until 18 hours pass. Until that time, the employee will be classified as Clocked In

However, in the case of a company with longer shifts, an option exists to change the default amount of hours our service will consider before associated a missing punch to a 'forgotten' In punch. We call this the Punch Join Span. Here's how to change that default:

TimeWorks PunchJoinSpan Rule

  1. Click on the Accountant Menu
  2. Click on Miscellaneous Settings
  3. Scroll down to the PunchJoinSpan option
  4. Set this option to the maximum number of hours considered a shift by the client
  5. Click "Save" at the bottom of the screen.

TimeWorks Plus PunchJoinSpan Rule

  1. Click on the Accountant Menu
  2. Click on Processing Rules
  3. Type "PunchJoinSpan" (minus quotes) into the search box and hit "Search".
  4. Click on the "PunchJoinSpan" link that populates below.
  5. Enter the maximum number of hours considered a shift by the client.
  6. Click "Save". 
* Keep in mind that this option really should only be changed if the client specifically requests it. Changing this option when a greater than 18 hr. shift is not needed, can open up the client to abuse from employees forgetting to clock out, etc.
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