Payroll services provider Paytime recently began notifying an undisclosed number of clients' employees that their personal information may have been exposed when its systems were accessed illegally.

"On April 30, 2014, we learned that unauthorized individuals accessed user names and passwords associated with our system," the company stated in the notification letter [PDF]. "We immediately launched our own investigation, and retained outside forensic experts to determine whether employee information may have been accessed by the intruders."

The information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, home addresses, phone numbers, hire dates, wage information, direct deposit bank account information (if provided), and other payroll-related information.

All those affected are being offered one free year of identity protection services from AllClear ID.

"The security of our clients' and their employees' personal information is our highest priority," the notification letter states. "We have implemented new security measures and will continue our efforts to ensure that the personal information in our care remains secure."

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