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effort now becomes easily managed. From routine payroll reviews to
the complicated tracking of certified apprentices and calculation of
restitution, the Compliant Client ensures that your projects remain
How It Works
Compliant Client works in conjunction with existing payroll systems
to identify and correct potential violations of the Davis-Bacon and
related acts. The program uses a process known as mapping to
download information from those programs directly into Compliant
Client. Information can also be input into the program manually or
copied from prior payrolls.
The program compares payroll information against the wage
determination and more than 30 data points based on the Davis-Bacon Act. "We load the county wage determination into the
database, so when the payroll comes rolling in, the first question
[Compliant Client] can answer is `did we pay the carpenter the
proper wage for the work he did in a particular county?," eMars
President and CEO Woody Chamberlain says. "Our system knows
what the rules are and how much a person in each position should
Compliant Client highlights payroll errors and then informs the
user on how the errors can be corrected. The system can also calculate the amount of money that is owed to an employee. "Think of us
as being like spellcheck," he adds. "Once corrections are made and a
user hits the 'validate and submit' key in the program, the records
are sent to the owner, which could be a state, municipal or federal
government agency, if they accept electronic records. We can also
print certified documents that can be mailed to the owner."
In addition, the program can link revised payrolls to original
submissions, giving companies a permanent audit trail.
Compliant Client is used by prime contractors as well as all subcontractors working on a public project. "The prime contractor has
complete visibility into everything its subcontractors are doing. This
is important because if a subcontractor commits fraud and the prime
contractor has done nothing to correct the program or reviewed
what the sub is doing, they can be held liable," Chamberlain says.
eMars is the only company of its kind that encrypts at-rest payroll
database and transaction data including payroll reviews, tracking of
certified apprentices and restitution calculation. This helps keep the
information secure from cyber threats such as hacking.
preparing payroll and understanding the law in case they have any
questions, so the only thing a prime contractor has to do is look once
a week to see who filed on time and who still owes workers money,"
Compliant Client requires a PC and less than 30 minutes of training.
Implementation takes less than one day after loading the wage
determination, and a typical payroll is prepared in less than five
minutes. The program communicates in real time.
"We don't rely on sending e-mails back and forth; [Compliant
Client] can display immediate problems on the screen that are visible to the prime contractor and subcontractors," Chamberlain says.
"Everyone will know there is a problem before they open a project."
eMars provides support to all of its users, particularly subcontractors. "We completely support subcontractors with respect to
None of the more than 17,000-plus Compliant Client users have
had a random Department of Labor audit conducted for the past
Current noteworthy applications of the Compliant Client software
include it being used to support the largest Davis-Bacon Act-regulated project in the United States. "We have 4,000 employees on one
payroll, which we can process in two minutes," Chamberlain says.
The system was recently used by a contractor who was being
audited by the federal government after it was discovered that they
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