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Department of Labor To Use Smartphone Technology In Its Enforcement Activities

By: Betsy Johnson

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has implemented a number of initiatives in support of its enforcement of federal wage and hour laws and its mission of making employers more accountable for compliance with these laws.  These include the “We Can Help” and “Bridge to Justice” initiatives.

The DOL has now announced that it is launching a free application for smartphones.  This new “app” provides non-exempt employees with an electronic “timesheet” that allows them to independently track the hours they work and determine the amount of wages owed. The new application is available in both English and Spanish, and it allows users to track regular work hours, break time and overtime hours for themselves and/or co-workers.  The DOL intends to explore other applications that would allow employees to independently track tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials and pay for regular days of rest.

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