DOL Has an App for That

06.04.2011
HR & Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has rolled out its first application for smartphones, a timesheet to help employees track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed.

Available in English and Spanish for the iPhone and iPod touch, the free app lets users track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. It also allows users to add comments to the information; view a summary of work hours in a daily, weekly and monthly format; and email the summary of work hours and gross pay as an attachment.

According to DOL, this information could be significant during a wage and hour investigation if an employer had not maintained accurate time records.

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 commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, shift differentials, and pay for days of rest.

For workers without a smartphone, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has a printable work hours calendar in English and Spanish to track rate of pay, start and stop times, and arrival and departure times. To download the app or the calendar: www.dol.gov/whd.

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