"The fact that the Department of Labor is offering a free app enabling employees to track their own time and providing them with guidance on how to file a wage and hour lawsuit should serve as a wake-up call to any organization that isn't currently using an automated system to track employees' time." John Hollon, Vice President for Editorial, TLNT.com and Board Member of The Workforce Institute
WHD News Release: [05/09/2011]
Contact Name: Sonia Melendez or Dolline Hatchett
Phone Number: (202) 693-4672 or x4651
Release Number: 11-0686-NAT
New timesheet app to help ensure workers receive all wages earned
WASHINGTON — 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. Glossary, contact information and materials about wage laws are easily accessible through links to the Web pages of the department's Wage and Hour Division.
Additionally, through the app, users will be able to add comments on any information related to their work hours; 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.
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.
"I am pleased that my department is able to leverage increasingly popular and available technology to ensure that workers receive the wages to which they are entitled," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This app will help empower workers to understand and stand up for their rights when employers have denied their hard-earned pay."
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.
For workers without a smartphone, the Wage and Hour Division has a printable work hours calendar in English and Spanish to track rate of pay, work start and stop times, and arrival and departure times. The calendar also includes easy-to-understand information about workers' rights and how to file a wage violation complaint.
Both the app and the calendar can be downloaded from the Wage and Hour Division's home Web page at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
For more information about federal wage laws or to order a calendar by mail, call the division's toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).
Take note that the app is for the iphone and ipod touch and apps for the other smart phones is still being researched.
Does this accountability mean the marginal managers will stay on their toes? Will the accountability draw more attention to firm, fair and consistent payment?
Free time clock software is available online:
Payroll software is available.
All it takes is one angry ex-employee who will claim they have records of the real truth. Will the advanced technology the ex-employee have for tracking give them an edge in the court system? That is to be determined but I would not want to take the chance.
It may be time to upgrade your payroll system from tracking time on a clipboard to using a software program.