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Technology: Streamline Your Business | EMARS
'Our system captures that very information and retains records for seven years.'
were preparing certified payrolls incorrectly for more than a year. Payment on the
contract was immediately stopped after the
discovery was made.
The client called eMars, who used Compliant Client to reconstitute the previous
year of certified payrolls. Within six weeks,
all of the mistakes made in the payroll were
discovered and corrected and payments to
the client resumed.
The system is routinely used by large
companies that have several project managers and payroll administrators on their
staff to ensure payrolls are correct. "The
government allows you 47 minutes to prepare a payroll, which takes a lot of people,"
Chamberlain says. "With our system, you
can prepare a payroll for a large company in
two to three minutes."
Many of the companies using Compliant
Client are able to reassign payroll administrators to other tasks. "People use our
system to save time and money," he adds.
Complaint Client can do more than help
contractors comply with the Davis-Bacon
Act. The system also enables contractors
to adhere to industry standards and state
laws pertaining to private projects. This is
particularly important to contractors based
in California, where there are a number of
laws in place that Chamberlain notes can be
difficult for smaller companies to follow.
Most recently, California in January
passed a law that requires that all prime
contractors in commercial construction
retain detailed payroll records for any and
all contractors on a project. "Our system
captures that very information and retains
records for seven years. No other software
does that," Chamberlain says.
California and the American Association
of State Highway Transportation Officials
(AASHTO) also require that contractors
submit records in XML format, which eMars'
system is capable of, he adds.
One of eMars' recent clients used the
Compliant Client to ensure that its subcontractors on a privately funded stadium
project used workers who had the skill
level required in its contract. The program
helped compare workers' actual skill levels
with the skill level stated to the prime contractor. "[The prime contractor] was able to
ensure the subs were living up to what they
stated in their bids," Chamberlain says.
In most cases, it takes five
minutes to run a payroll using
Compliant Client by eMars.
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The Compliant Client system's developers
have decades of experience dealing with
contractor payroll for government agencies.
"Our collaborative effort, based upon extensive knowledge from computer software,
computer hardware, government agencies,
construction contractors and pertinent
government agencies, led to the formation
of eMars and the Compliant Client," the
Chamberlain helped develop the software and invested in the company early in
its development. His previous experience
includes leadership positions in software
companies serving the aerospace and