Wage Violations? There's An App For That, Too
Creating evidence to bolster a wage and hour lawsuit has never been easier. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its free iPhone and iPad app designed to help employees who want to keep their own time records — just in case.
According to the DOL, the app will allow employees to easily track the time they work, whether they take breaks and how much overtime is worked. Although a company's time records are the official record, an unofficial record, like the one created by this app, can be considered in court if there is disagreement about the accuracy of a company's records.
Employees using the app may not be simply keeping a separate timesheet. The app also allows employees to create reports and summaries, add comments to the entries and email the data. The DOL has thought of everything, it seems. It even added easy, one-tap email access to the DOL and links to regional offices. With the DOL at employees' fingertips, some experts are concerned the number of potentially costly wage and hour claims will quickly increase.
Businesses that find and correct pay mistakes by listening to employees who find them, or through their own internal audits or review, typically avoid big problems by catching and fixing the small ones. If it has been a while since you looked at your pay practices and time records, the DOL app may be just the motivator to move this task to the top of your to-do list.
This article appeared in the May 13, 2011 issue of Oregon Business.