Department of Labor Releases Smartphone Application for Tracking Employee Work Hours

Employers are required by law to keep records of all hours worked by their non-exempt employees.  However, when the employer either fails to keep records or there is a dispute over the exempt status of an employee the lack of contemporaneous time entries can greatly complicated the dispute. 

In an effort to alleviate this problem, the federal Department of Labor has released a free, downloadable smart phone app that employees can use to track their time and create their own, independent time sheets.   Here is the text of the DOL announcement:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of its first application for smartphones, a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed. Available in English and Spanish, users conveniently can track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. This new technology is significant because, instead of relying on their employers’ records, workers now can keep their own records. This information could prove invaluable during a Wage and Hour Division investigation when an employer has failed to maintain accurate employment records.

The free app is currently compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Labor Department will explore updates that could enable similar versions for other smartphone platforms, such as Android and BlackBerry, and other pay features not currently provided for, such as tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials and pay for regular days of rest.

I have not had a chance to try it out yet, but this seems like a very useful tool for employees and employers alike, especially for employee working in the field where timeclocks or paper timesheets are not practical.   

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