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New app lets workers track wages

Employees who think they’re eligible for overtime pay now can keep their timesheets on a new smart phone application developed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Fair Labor Standards Act calls for overtime pay for certain classes of employees who work in excess of 40 hours per week. But employment lawyers talking to prospective clients may see the clients have only sketchy records to back up their claims.

Currently available in English and Spanish for the iPhone and IPod touch, the app lets users independently track their regular work hours, break time and overtime, with comments.

Maintaining their own records will “help empower workers” and “could prove invaluable during a Wage and Hour Division investigation when an employer has failed to maintain accurate employment records,” according to the DOL press release.

DOL hopes to develop updates for other smart phone platforms such as Android and BlackBerry.
By Deborah Elkins

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