The DOL’s New App and the Dangers of Misclassifying Employees


The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently launched a timesheet application for smart phones (app). The DOL describes this app as "a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed."[1] The concept behind the new app seems harmless; the reality, however, is more complicated. When the app is viewed in light of the DOL’s mission, public statements and actions, employers should view this app with something of a jaundiced eye. By creating its own app, the DOL has possibly demonstrated its implicit encouragement for employees to file wage and hour complaints against their employers.

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