The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has 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.

With both English and Spanish versions, users can conveniently track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. This new technology is significant because, instead of relying on their employers’ records, workers now can keep their own records. This information could prove invaluable during a Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation when an employer has failed to maintain accurate employment records, the DOL advises.

The free app is currently compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Labor Department will explore updates that could enable similar versions for other smartphone platforms, such as Android and BlackBerry, and other pay features not currently provided for, such as tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials and pay for regular days of rest.

Employers, with the DOL empowering employees to track their hours and wages and overtime owed, precise record-keeping is more important than ever (though of course it has always been important). Personnel Concepts' FLSA Compliance Program will enable you to understand and correctly comply with all the wage-and-hour rules being enforced by the DOL.