Can’t remember how many hours I worked last week? No worries.
US Department of Labor (DOL) has an app for that! They launched its first application (app) for smartphone’s, a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed.
This will be quite useful to both employee, and employer of domestic employees such as babysitters, nannies, maids, etc. 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.
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 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, weekend pay, shift differentials and pay for regular days of rest.
For workers without a Smartphone, the Wage and Hour Division has a printable work hour’s calendar in English and Spanish to track rate of pay, work start and stop times, and arrival and departure times. The calendar 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.
Read this news release en Español.
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).
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