This past May, the Department of Labor released an app that allows hourly workers to keep track of their time independent from their employer’s record keeping methods. All iPhone and iPad users can download the app (for free). The application then allows the user to track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. The application is available in both English and Spanish. While the application has not yet been formatted for other smartphone platforms, such as the Android and BlackBerry, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has a printable work hours calendar that helps employees track their rate of pay, work start and stop times, and arrival and departure times. The Department is also exploring adding other features to the application, such as tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials and pay for regular days of rest.
However, users should keep in mind that the application can only provide an estimate of the hours. The disclaimer reads as follows: “DOL is providing this App as a public service. The regulations and related materials reflected in this App are intended to enhance public access to information on DOL programs. This App is a service that is continually under development and it does not include every possible situation encountered in the workplace. The user should be aware that, while we try to keep the information timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between official publication of the materials and their appearance in or modification of this App. Further, the conclusions reached by this App rely on the accuracy of the data provided by the user. Therefore, we make no express or implied guarantees. The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations remain the official sources for regulatory information published by DOL. We will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention.”
Despite the disclaimer, the application is a user-friendly way to independently verify that you are being paid properly for the hours you work.