Thursday, May 12, 2011

Department of Labor Releases iPhone App for Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor has an app for that. On Monday, the DOL announced the launch of its DOL - Timesheet App, for iPhones (click here to download the app on iTunes). The application provides employees with an easy way to keep track of their working time. It also allows employees to add notes about time entries and easily export the entries. There's even a glossary with links to the DOL website, meant to educate employees about their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Here's what the DOL says about the use of the DOL - Timesheet App:
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 primarily a simple time tracking tool, so the information it records is subject to the same arguments about accuracy and reliability that could be made about any time record. It will not provide employees with a guarantee that their records will control in a dispute. Because the app is easy to use and enjoys a DOL stamp of approval, however, it needs to be on employers' radar.

Hat tip to the Ohio Employer's Law Blog.

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