eTime FAQ

List of answers to frequently asked questions about eTime

Am I eTime Ready?

 

Participants, staff, and jobs that are not eTime ready are indicated as such throughout the portal. Jobs that are NOT eTime ready are correlated with a Staff Action Plan and/or Timesheets that are not yet completed (“Timesheets” here refers to the list of activities made available for a job, which are filled out ).

If you are a support staff, you will still be able to submit time for a job that is not eTime Ready ONLY if a previous Staff Action Plan exists in which the job was eTime Ready.

If you are a circle approver, you should work with your support broker to ensure these issues are resolved a quickly as possible.

If you are a support broker, you should work work with your circle contacts to ensure these issues are resolved as quickly as possible. The action(s) required to make the job eTime Ready is listed on the participant dashboard.

Time for jobs which are not eTime ready will have to be submitted via paper.

Can staff still upload a scan of a paper timesheet using the Timesheet Upload feature?

 

No.

The Timesheet Upload feature will no longer be available as of Friday, June 19, 2020.

Can I still submit paper timesheets by mail?

 

Yes. For the time being, paper timesheets submitted by mail are still accepted.

Will there be training for eTime?

 

A scheduled training session has not been planned for eTime. Rather, documentation, videos, and inline help has been provided throughout the eTime interface.

What is the difference between eTime Entry and eTime Live?

 

eTime Entry is the manual entry of each shift. 

eTime Live provides a more app-like interface, allowing you to “punch” in and out rather than manually typing in dates and times. eTime Live allows you to record your time directly in the portal, in real time.

As of midnight 12/6/2020 you must use eTime Live and punch in and out for each shift's start and end. eTime Entry will no longer be an option for dates 12/7 and beyond except for PTO. Learn more»

Will my personal data be secure in eTime?

 

Yes; your connection to eTime and the rest of the portal uses the https protocol, which encrypts the connection between you and the portal. The data you enter into the portal is stored securely and encrypted.

Will eTime run in the background and drain my battery?

 

No. eTime Entry and eTime Live are both modern portal based websites that you will access via your desktop or mobile browser. Nothing about eTime Entry or eTime Live will be actively accessing your device when not in use. If you remain concerned about battery drain, you may close the browser and log back in later.

How do I access eTime?

 

Go to portal.issny.org to login. After logging in, there are buttons to start an eTime line shift and to view all time.

Do I need to request access to eTime?

 

No. Your existing portal login is adequate. If you are support staff, then you will automatically have access to eTime for use with your active jobs. If you are a primary contact, participant, or circle approver, you will automatically have access to approve shifts via your login.

How can I set up a portal account for me or someone else?

 

Please send an email to websupport@issny.org with your name, email, phone number and role. Someone will get back to you promptly.

I’m having trouble logging in. Help.

 

If you’ve forgotten your password, click the Forgot your password link on the login page (https://portal.issny.org/forgot.php) to reset it.
If you’ve forgotten your login email, contact ISS at websupport@issny.org.

Who can enter and submit time?

 

Support staff must enter and submit their own time. You cannot submit time on behalf of someone else. The electronic signature on the time is linked directly to the currently logged in portal user. This provides security to the staff, the circle, and ISS, as well as helping to prevent fraud.

Can I enter eTime shifts for my staff?

 

No. Support staff must enter and submit their own time. You cannot submit time on behalf of someone else. The electronic signature on the shift is linked directly to the portal user that is currently logged in. This provides security to the staff, the circle, and ISS, as well as helping to prevent fraud.

What kinds of staff/services can submit time with eTime?

 

Currently, the only services/jobs supported by eTime are ComHab, SEMP (Job Coach and Job Developer), and Respite. Brokerage, IDGS Paid Neighbor, and IDGS Staffing Support are currently not supported by eTime.

How often do I need to record my time with eTime?

 

If using eTime Live, you should be recording your time as you work.

If instead you record your time manually with eTime Entry, you should record your time as close to the time of service as possible.

As of midnight 12/6/2020 you must use eTime Live and punch in and out for each shift's start and end. eTime Entry will no longer be an option for dates 12/7 and beyond except for PTO. Learn more»

I’m not sure which method to choose. What’s the difference?

 

See Method Options for information about each method and when to use each.

I’m performing Virtual Face to Face support. What technologies may I use for service delivery?

 

eTime will include a list of all known acceptable technologies. If your technology is not included in that list, please contact your SDC to make sure the method of delivery is acceptable. If the SDC agrees that the method is acceptable, you may use the Other selection and describe the method. We will periodically add additional newly acceptable technologies to the drop-down list.

How do I submit/enter Time Off/PTO?

Please refer to the page Requesting/Submitting Time Off.

Can I save a shift and come back to finish it later?

Yes. You can save a shift as a draft and return to it later.

To return to it later, staff can click "My Work" in the main menu and they can find it under the "Shifts" Tab.


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Can I make changes to a shift?


Support staff can make changes to a shift if it is a Draft, or if it has been returned to the staff by the circle or ISS for corrections. A shift cannot be edited after it has been submitted to the circle unless the circle rejects it, which returns it to the staff for corrections.

 

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What do I do if one of my staff is unable to enter his/her time into eTime?

 

If the staff is unable to enter their time for some reason, For the time being, they can still record and submit time via a paper timesheet and mail it to ISS.

How do I enter my time if I’m working overnight?

 

If you are working a time frame spanning multiple days, as most notably happens when delivering Respite services overnight, there are two options:

As of midnight 12/6/2020 you must use eTime Live and punch in and out for each shift's start and end. eTime Entry will no longer be an option for dates 12/7 and beyond except for PTO. Learn more»

Who can review and approve time?

 

Both the participant and the primary contact can review and approve time. In addition, any contact associated with the participant and identified as a “web approver” is able to review and approve time. If you would like to add an additional approver, please contact your SD Coordinator.

How do I know if I have time to review? (Participant & Circle)

 

You will receive an email notification when a new shifts are ready for review. Job periods with shifts pending review will also appear in a list on your portal home page.

How do I know if I have time to correct? (Support Staff)

 

You will receive an email notification when a shift has been returned for corrections. Job periods with shifts requiring action will also appear in a list on your portal home page.

I’m support staff. Can I just hand my device to a circle member for approval?

 

No. In order to meet Medicaid billing requirements, we are capturing separate electronic signatures from both the support staff when submitting, and the circle when approving. These electronic signatures are linked to your respective portal logins. Support staff will not be able to access the Approval screen.

What do I do if the Circle is unable to review my eTime shifts?

 


If for some reason the circle is unable to log in to the portal to review and approve the shifts you submitted, you can print off the job period as a paper timesheet, acquire a physical signature from the circle, and mail it in. In submission of this paper timesheet to the ISS Payroll Department, a statement signed by the supervisor must be included as to why the electronic approval could not be completed.

While viewing the job period, click the Download PDF button to print out a copy of the eTime shifts as a paper timesheet.

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How can I view my previously worked shifts? (Support Staff)


You can view all of your previous time under the "My Work" section in the main menu and use the provided filters to narrow your search. You can also use the "My History" section to view a list of checks, expenses and legacy timesheets. 

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How can I view my staff’s previous time? (Participant and Circle)


There are three ways for the circle to view a support staff's time.

  1. Through the My Staff Work page.
  2. Through the Budget Summary/Budget Drill-Down.
    • This currently only shows paid time.
  3. Through the Participant Staff Dashboard.
    • From the home page, select a participant, then select the Staff tab across the top, then select a staff person. Timesheets for each job can be found in the bottom section of the screen.
    • This currently only shows paid time.

How can I get copies of eTime/time for my records?

 

Shifts will always be available on the portal. However, you can download a copy of the shifts in a job period for your own records. When viewing a single job period, click the Download button.

Can I upload mileage reimbursement via eTime?

 

Not at this time. This is a future feature. We’ll update you with further details once this feature is available.

When do my shifts need to be submitted and approved to get paid?

The submission deadlines for payment of eTime for each pay period are as follows:

Submitted to circle by 11:59 PM on the Monday after the pay period ends
Approved by circle by 11:59 PM on the Wednesday after the pay period ends
Final deadline for approval is 12:00 PM on the Friday after the pay period ends