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On May 9th, the DOL announced the launch of its first application for smartphones, a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed. DOL hailed the development of this technology as “significant because, instead of relying on their employers’ records, workers now can keep their own records.” The application is available in both English and Spanish. The DOL also provides a printable work hours calendar in English and Spanish for those workers who do not have smartphones.
Both the smartphone application and the printable calendar will allow users to track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. The application also will allow users to add comments to the information; view a summary of their work hours in a daily, weekly, and monthly format, and e-mail the summary of work hours and gross pay as an attachment. Currently, the app is compatible with only the iPhone and iPod Touch. The DOL intends to explore expanding the program to other smartphones such as the Android and the Blackberry, as well adding pay features that would track tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials, and pay for regular days of rest.