On May 9 the U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of its new smartphone application, a user-friendly electronic timesheet employees can use to track their hours worked and calculate wages they are owed. The app allows employees to record regular work hours, break time, and any overtime hours for one or more employers. Users can manually enter their time, or use simple “start work” and “stop work” buttons that automatically record their time worked.
DOL is providing this new technology to help workers keep their own time records rather than rely on their employers’ records. If an employer fails to maintain accurate time records, the employee may then use this information as evidence to try to prove that he or she performed work for which she was not compensated.
The app not only records hours, it also automatically calculates gross pay, including overtime pay at one-and-one-half times the regular rate for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Users can view summaries of hours worked in daily, weekly, and monthly formats, with gross pay calculations. They can then easily email these reports, which show up as attached Excel spreadsheets. The app also includes a “Contact Us” page with a link to the DOL’s website and a function to directly send emails to DOL.
The free app is currently compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. DOL says it will explore apps for other smartphone platforms, such as Android and BlackBerry, as well as other pay features not currently provided for, such as tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, and shift differentials.
For workers without smartphones, DOL is offering a printable work hours calendar to track rate of pay, work start and stop times, and arrival and departure times. The calendar also includes information about workers’ rights and how to file a wage claim.