The U.S. Department of Labor recently created a smartphone-application (“app”), posted at this website, for workers to use to track their work hours and verify correct wages are being paid by their employers.
The app, which is free, allows workers to keep their own work-hour records, as there are often situations where their employers’ records of hours differ. For example, some employers fail to record or pay workers for hours the employer deems non-compensable time. In some cases employers exclude time their employees spend on work phone calls or work emails at home, or the employer makes deductions for designated break times or travel times for which work was actually performed and payable under wage laws.
In short, in some instances employers’ time records and wage payments are wrong, and employees are entitled more wages (including overtime) based on wage laws and the employee’s more complete records. This app helps workers become more mindful and accurate if such issues arise.
The app is currently available for iPhone and iPod Touch (with more smartphone platforms possibly to be added later), in English and Spanish.