The Labor Contractor’s Office is a complete ag payroll and accounting software system designed specifically for the demanding payroll requirements of farm labor contractors.

The ag payroll is specifically designed to track which growers employees work for, where they worked, and what jobs they performed. Payroll check stubs give complete, detailed information for your employees. The grower labor reports provide your growers with accurate, easy to read summaries of all work performed. Growers can be billed automatically by specifying a commission rate for each grower or by setting up your own billing rates for the work performed.

Highlights of The Labor Contractor’s Office include:

  • High speed data entry on the daily payroll entry window
  • Minimum wage compliance checking is automatic when paying piece rates
  • Grower labor reports provide your clients with accurate, complete summaries of work performed and assure that you are complying with minimum wage requirements
  • Automatic calculations for average piecework rates to comply with non-productive time pay requirements in California and Washington

“It’s not just a good program, it’s a great program!”

   – Angie Avila, Durango Farm Management

Highlights continued:

  • Accrue and pay sick pay in compliance with state sick pay laws (California’s AB 1522 and Oregon’s SB 454)
  • Calculates regular rate of pay for each employee to pay rest and recovery at the correct rates for piecework employees to comply with California AB 1513
  • Ability to import data from other Ag payroll software
  • Changes in minimum wage are preprogrammed so that you are always using the current rates
  • Electronic files are generated for quarterly and annual reporting to state and federal governments
  • Easy management of employee deductions, including advances
  • Simple methods to void incorrect payroll checks and reprint checks
  • Employee check history information can be retained indefinitely for benefit audits, earnings reports, etc.
  • Accounts Payable and General Ledger help you in managing your business and cash flow
  • Accounts Receivable system assists in doing customized billing, collections, and tracking receivables
  • Training available at our office or your office
  • Toll free help on our support hotline and support via the Internet
  • On-line help available at the press of a key

For more detailed information, click here to download the product brochure.(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). If you’d like a hard copy of the booklet, call us at (888) 222-DATA(3282).  The best option, call to arrange an appointment for a free in office demo or a Go To Meeting web demonstration of the software.

We also offer a free evaluation copy if you would like to “try before you buy”. Just click the link to the left. The evaluation copy is a complete working version of the program you can install on your own computer and use for 30 days.  It includes an Installation/Tutorial manual to help get you started with basic setup and data entry tasks.  You can also call Paul Bondi in sales to have a copy sent to you on a ‘flash-drive.”

Our customers say, “Datatech makes our lives so much easier!”

System Requirements

Operating System Support

The Labor Contractor’s Office is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP Professional SP 3 (no longer recommended due to end of support)
  • Windows 7/8/10 Home (for single computer installations only)
  • Vista Business
  • Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate
  • Windows 8/8.1 Professional
  • Windows 10 Professional
  • Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 (Running Datatech Accounting Software remotely via Remote Desktop Connection is supported.)

64-bit operating systems are supported.  On 64-bit operating systems, you must install the 32-bit version of Microsoft Office so that Word, Excel and Outlook to interface with the Datatech Accounting Software, which is also 32-bit.

Workstations

Recommended specifications:

  • Windows 7/8/10 Professional
  • 2 Gb RAM
  • Dual Core Intel i3/i5/i7 Processor
  • 100Mb available hard disk space for initial install
  • Main display resolution:  1024×768 minimum (higher resolution recommended)
  • High speed Internet access (cable/DSL/wireless/etc)
  • Removable media for backups (USB flash drive, portable USB hard drive, etc.) and/or off-site remote backup
  • Battery backup

Most recent computer models will exceed these recommendations for processor, RAM and hard disk space.

“Home” editions of Windows may be used for single computer installations, but are not supported for network installations because they do not include support for joining a domain.

Servers

For multi-user installations, Microsoft SQL Server is used the back end database.  In many cases, the Express edition of SQL Server may be used.  The Standard or Web editions may be used in cases where the customer is likely to exceed the limits of the Express edition.

Datatech Accounting Software uses the SQL Server 2012 version.  (Support for SQL Server 2008R2 is also available if you already have this version installed.)

A Virtual Server is not generally recommended by Datatech. If a client is currently using a virtual server we specifically advise against using VMWare. Remarkable performance decline has been experienced using virtual servers. Additionally, Datatech doesn’t support virtual servers. A virtual server can be used for SQL Server and remote desktop server, but your IT consultant must set up and maintain the virtual server.

Many of the system specifications for servers running SQL Server assume a large number of users, typically more than the most of our customers typically have.  We have developed the following server configurations based on our customers’ experience:

Up to 5 Users:

  • Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5/i7
  • 180Gb SSD
  • 8Gb 1333Mhz Dual Channel RAM
  • Battery backup (UPS)
  • External backup media/remote backup

5 to 30 Users

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 or  2012
  • Intel Xeon 3.1 Ghz
  • 2 240Gb SSD configured RAID1
  • 8Gb 1600Mhz Dual Channel RAM
  • Redundant power supply
  • Battery backup (UPS)
  • External backup media/remote backup

For more than 30 users, contact Datatech to discuss system requirements for your installation.

As a part of our installation service, Datatech will handle the installation, configuration and setup of the SQL Server instance(s) required by our software.  This requires that we have remote access to the server via RDP or TeamViewer and a user account set up with administrator privileges.

Network

Gigabit network cabling is required for best performance.  Wireless network connections are not supported; loss of connection will result in data loss.

VPN connections over the Internet are not recommended for running our software.  Most (if not all) high speed Internet connections are too slow for effective use of the Datatech Accounting Software.  Use Remote Desktop to connect to a server from a remote location to run the Datatech Accounting Software.

Printers

All printers supported by the Windows operating system will work with The Labor Contractor’s Office.  We recommend that you have a laser printer for printing reports, invoices and checks.  If you have a laser printer with multiple bins or paper trays, you can load it with plain paper and checks at the same time and the software will automatically use the correct bin.

Support for printing checks on dot matrix printers is limited.  Additional time and expense may be required in some situations to get dot matrix printers configured and working with the Datatech Accounting Software.  We strongly recommend replacing continuous check forms with full page checks that can be printed on laser printers.  Laser printers can print large check batches much faster than dot matrix printers can, are much quieter, and have fewer operational problems (i.e. check jams).  Our software also support many more customization options for laser checks than for dot matrix checks, including features that change the layout of the check stub information and automatically print signatures on checks.  The time and trouble you will save switching from continuous to page fed checks will more than make up for the cost of throwing away your old checks.

Check Ordering Information

Several different check layouts are preprogrammed into The Labor Contractor’s Office.  If you currently have page fed checks that do not match one of our pre-programmed formats, a custom format can be easily set up to work with your existing checks.

If you already have computer checks and would like us to verify that they will work with our software, void a check and mail it to us for us to compare with our supported formats.  If you need to order new checks, we can provide you with samples of the standard check format used by our program.  (The sample check is provided by Advance Forms Management in Fresno.  They have worked with many of our customers, providing checks, W-2’s, invoices, and other forms, and are familiar with the standard Datatech check formats.)

Checks may of course be ordered from any forms supplier.  Here are some of the part numbers from two national forms companies that are pre-programmed in The Labor Contractor’s Office:

SupplierCheck TypeForm #
NebsOne part laser multipurpose check (8 1/2″ x 11″)DLT111
NebsOne part laser multipurpose check (8 1/2″ x 11″, Quicken/Quickbooks standard)DLT103 or DLT104
NebsOne part laser multipurpose check (8 1/2″ x 11″, Peachtree compatible, middle check)DLT108
SafeguardOne part laser multipurpose check (8 1/2″x11″) top check, two stubsSF16001
SafeguardOne part laser multipurpose check (8 1/2″ x 11″) top and bottom stubs, middle checkSF4001

When ordering checks for laser or ink jet printers, the forms company should check to see what kind of printer you have.  Different models feed paper differently, and depending on how your printer works, you may need to get the checks in reverse order (highest check # on top) or in regular order (lowest check # on top).  Make sure you have the make and model of the printer ready when you call the forms company.

We also have a detailed specification for the check formats that are built-in to our software.

Other Forms

W-2’s are printed on pre-printed forms, including the standard 2 per page as well as “3-Up” and “4-Up” (four corner) formats.

Customer invoices are generally printed on blank paper.  If you need to print customer invoices on a form, contact Datatech for information about customizing the software to use your form.

Pricing and Ordering Information

Please contact Datatech’s Sales Manager, Paul Bondi for information on pricing, ordering, installation and training. Call toll free (888) 222-DATA(3282) or email sales@DatatechAg.com

Training Options

Training is essential to getting the most out of your new Datatech software. We have several training options to help you get started and grow:

  1. Datatech provides outstanding multi-user remote training hosted by our Training Manager Hannah Tarrats via ‘GoToWebinar.’ We’ll start you out with basic payroll setup, payroll entry to accounts receivable/payable and the generation of reports. Our training sessions are recorded and posted here on our website in the Support section for convenience to review later. Remote training is very effective and allows you ask questions along the way. Once you’ve put that knowledge to use, you can then schedule additional training sessions when you’re ready to move on to other parts of the program.
  2. We can use leading remote communications software to provide one-on-one training services, which allows us to connect your computer to ours so we’re able to work with your accounting files and help with specific training requirements you’re having.
  3. On-site training at your location or in our Fresno office can be arranged: In our Fresno office: $120/hour (our standard hourly training rate) or On-Site at your location: $150 per hour plus on-site fee that covers the additional travel time & costs. Please contact the Datatech Sales Department for a quote to your location.
  4. Or you may want to learn program on your own and follow up with one-on-one training.  Some of our clients already have extensive experience with computers, bookkeeping procedures and with using other accounting programs. The tutorial manual provides you with a step by step guide to getting started and our latest training sessions are available on-line for viewing at your convenience. This allows you to learn the basics of setup and data entry, then concentrate on more advanced topics during one-on-one training sessions.

Download Evaluation Version

The evaluation version of The Labor Contractor’s Office is a full working copy that you can install on your computer and try out for 30 days.  When you purchase The Labor Contractor’s Office, we will provide you with an access code that allows you to enter your company name and removes the 30-day trial period limitation.  You don’t have to reinstall the program and you can keep any data that you have already entered.

If you install the trial version but don’t have a chance to fully evaluate it within the 30 day period, you can uninstall the program through the Windows Add/Remove Programs icon on the Control Panel and then re-install it to start another 30-day trial period.  However, if you do this any data you have entered will be deleted when the program is uninstalled.

A broadband connection (cable modem/DSL/T1/wireless/etc.) is recommended to download the evaluation version. If you have a broadband connection, download times should be no more than 5-10 minutes.

If you don’t want to take the time to download the evaluation copy or if you are having difficulty downloading it, we’ll send you an easy to install copy on a ‘flash-drive” along with a copy of the Installation/Tutorial manual.  Just contact us here for a free evaluation copy of the Labor Contractor’s Office.

Download/Installation Instructions

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