The US Department of Labor recently announced the launching of an iPhone App that helps employees track their hours worked and break times, and to calculate regular wages and overtime.
According to the DOL, the DOL Timesheet App, available in English and Spanish, allows users to “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 App is currently available only for the iPhone and the iPod touch, but the DOL plans to release an Android version in the near future, and is also developing updates that will include additional functions for tracking of tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials and pay for regular days of rest.
According to the DOL, the App is meant to assist the resolution of labor disputes, as it allows employees to keep their own, independent records. However, as every small business owner can state, one of the biggest problems they face is ensuring that their employees actually use the timekeeping systems their employer uses. Employees who fail to use their employer’s timekeeping system are often the source of wage and hour disputes, but if an employee is too lazy to clock in and out, it’s doubtful they’ll bother with an iPhone app.
In any event, it will be interesting to see how discrepancies between employers’ time records and employees’ iPhone app will play out in labor disputes.