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Hillsborough school district files lawsuit over Kronos payroll system

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 09:59 PM

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For $540,000 a year, it was supposed to help the Hillsborough County school district reduce clerical work on payroll and help control payroll costs. But the school district says the system doesn't work.

Now the district's attorney has filed a lawsuit against Kronos Systems for breach of contract.

"In its current system, it doesn't work," said Tom Gonzalez, the attorney representing the district.

In 2008, school board members approved a contract with what was then Paychex Time and Attendance for an automated time and attendance system. That agreement was supposed to pay the company $540,000 a year for seven years. Two years later, Paychex was taken over by Kronos.

Now the time and attendance system that was supposed to be automated and tie in with a payroll system doesn't work, Gonzalez said. Much of the time-keeping for the nation's eighth largest school district is done on paper because of the shortfalls of the system.

"They kept trying and trying and finally they said they could not do it," Gonzalez said.

District officials say they still are trying to piece together how much they think Kronos owes them.

Kronos officials did not respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

rshaw@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7999

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