Employment Law Alert - Timekeeping? There's an App for That!


On May 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of a free smartphone application intended to assist employees in independently tracking their own work hours, breaks and overtime hours. These electronic timesheets are designed to allow employees to create their own time records either manually or through the use of a timer. In addition to simply recording their work hours, the application permits users to record comments relating to their work and to view and email a summary of their working hours.

These records will become particularly significant in scenarios in which employers do not maintain complete and accurate timekeeping records. In such a scenario, an employee's version of his work hours and wages owed, which may now be readily accessible through their smartphone, may be relied upon by the Department of Labor. Indeed, in the press release announcing the launch, the Department of Labor indicated, "This information could prove invaluable during a Wage and Hour Division investigation when an employer has failed to maintain accurate employment records." Further, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stated, this "app will help empower workers to understand and stand up for their rights when employers have denied their hard-earned pay."

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