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The Problem

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that every employer must keep certain records for each employee, which includes certain identifying information about the employee and data about the hours worked and the wages earned. Similarly, the employees are encouraged to keep a record of all the wages and hours worked In order to enforce the latter, the Wage and Hour Division in the Department of Labor had a business need to strengthen its outreach strategy of reaching workers (especially young workers and child laborers).  The requirement was to offer the target audience a convenience tool to maintain record of work hours and to assure that they are being paid properly. If not, the solution should serve as an avenue to encourage the workers to contact the Wage and Hour Division

Solution

The focus of the DOL-Timesheet app is to enable the United States workforce, particularly young workers and child laborers, to easily enter and maintain a record of the work hours on their personal mobile device as well as compute overtime if applicable. In addition to maintaining a record of the work hours and wages, the workers can easily contact the Wage and Hour Division to report any issues related to the wages

    • Provides a convenient avenue to the workers (especially young workers and child laborers) to easily record and maintain the work hours on their personal mobile device. In addition to simple recordkeeping, the application automatically computes simple overtime calculations for the work hours if applicable
    • Simplifies the process of calculating, accessing, and maintaining the record of the work hours
    • Provides an easy and an instant communication channel to contact and/or notify the Wage and Hour Division if needed

    The Result

    A mobile device timesheet application - The Department of Labor (DOL) Timesheet application was developed by CTi to assist employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed. Users will be able to add comments on any information related to their work hours; view a summary of work hours in a daily, weekly and monthly format; and email the summary of work hours and gross pay as an attachment. The free application is compatible with Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices and is available in both English and Spanish. The free app can be downloaded from Appleā€™s ITunes Store. More information can be found on DOL's Wage and Hour Division's home Web page at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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