The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services signed a contract with WorkForce Software of Livonia, Mich. in October, to implement the state’s new Time, Leave, and Attendance (TLA) application. The EmpCenter® application will provide the state with the latest timekeeping technology to support the state’s complex time collection and leave management requirements.
The TLA project is a partnership of state agencies under the leadership of the Office of Financial Management with implementation and operational support provided by the Department of Enterprise Services. The Departments of Transportation and Ecology will be initial implementers. After these implementations, other agencies will begin implementation.
According to Project Manager Michael York, agencies currently use dozens of methods and systems to track time and leave requests. “Many still use paper timesheets,” says York. “This makes it difficult to ensure that state, federal and collective bargaining rules are consistently applied statewide.”
WorkForce Software has a proven record in workforce management solutions with hundreds of implementations in a variety of industries. The company’s software, EmpCenter for Public Sector, is configured to automate complex time and labor policies in government. The software is designed to help large, diversified government employers meet the unique needs of each department, while providing a simple web-based access that can be tailored to each user group.
According to Enterprise Services CIO Dawn Tatman, “TLA is a top priority for our organization and state government over all. We see it as the first step in the modernization of the state’s aging financial systems.”