Hand scanners for city employees has been put off for now! Last month, the NY Times reported that some city employees were required to scan into offices using biometric hand scanners in an effort to automate the city's bookkeeping. Unions weren't very happy with the scanners, especially when the employees being told to scan in were architects and planners, who had never used time clocks before. (And then there's a story about a worker with an injured hand being told to remove his bandage and place the open finger wound on the machine.)

Now the Times reports that the Bloomberg administration has decided to allow "agencies to decide whether to use the scanners or to allow employees to record their attendance by computer."

The union are thrilled, calling it a victory (though the Bloomberg administration says it's "application evolution" - they're not one to admit defeat!). But what's more interesting is that one lawyer for the Civil Service Technical Guild, Local 375, explained that the "legal basis" to fight the city was because the hand scanner program was implemented without bargaining. Anyway, now the city will offer the hand scanning as well as develop ways to "punch in/out" by computer. Ah, technology!

Part of NY Times graphic of the system and how it works