New Smartphone App Designed for Employee Wage and Hour Tracking
May 23, 2011
The U.S. Department of Labor announced this month the first ever launch of a smartphone application or "app" that allows employees to independently track the hours that they work and self-determine the wages that they are owed.
This new technology is significant for employees, as it allows them to keep track of their own wage and hour records--which could be an invaluable source of proof if the employer is being investigated for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), by failing to pay employees their rightful wages, and keep employment records that are accurate.
The application is available in English as well as Spanish, and employees are able to track their regular work hours, break or meal times, as well as any overtime hours, for one or multiple employers. The application also allows convenient links to a glossary, contact information, and other materials about wage laws on the DOL's Wage and Hour Division website.
The users will also be able to add comments with the app, on any employment information related to their working hours, and view their hours worked in a summary--presented by day, by week, or even by month. The app also allows users to email the summary of the employment hours and gross pay as an email attachment.
As Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stated, this technology will help give the power back to workers, by helping them understand and fight for their employment rights, when they are denied their rightful opportunity to fair wages.
The application is free, and available with the iPhone and iPod Touch. The DOL will reportedly explore different updates that could enable the application for other smartphone devices, as well as other app compensation features that are currently not offered, like commissions, tips, deductions, holiday pay, and bonuses.
In Rosemead, Fontana, Azusa and Pomona, California, contact our labor and employment attorneys at Howard Law, PC today.
Keeping track of wages: The US Labor Department has an app for that!, US. Department of Labor Press Release, May 9, 2011
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