Wage & Hour Claims Made Simple With Labor Department Phone App

By Eric B. Meyer

The U.S. Department of Labor has created apps to allow non-exempt employees to record their time on their iPhones and iPads.

What will the app do?

According to the DOL:

This is a timesheet to record the hours that you work and calculate the amount you may be owed by your employer. It also includes overtime pay calculations at a rate of one and one-half times (1.5) the regular rate of pay for all hours you work over 40 in a workweek.

App even tells how to file a wage violation complaint

This DOL-Timesheet does not handle items such as tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials, or pay for regular days of rest.

The app even informs workers about their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act and instructs them how to file a wage violation complaint.

Holy FLSA!

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If you don’t have an effective time-tracking system in place, this is your wakeup call. Otherwise, Exhibit A, may be an employee’s iPhone.

More info on the new DOL app

For more on this app, check out the Labor Department’s press release. As for how this app may affect employers, click the following links for articles from management-side employment counsel:

What I want to know is whether non-exempt employees get paid for the time spent downloading the app?

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (www.TheEmployerHandbook.com), which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.


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