On Monday, May 9, 2011, the Department of Labor issued a news release promoting a smartphone “timesheet app” for employees to use to track their time. The Department of Labor’s description makes it clear the agency’s rationale for providing the new app:
Employers Beware: the DOL has an App that might cost you plenty!
“… a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed. …. This new technology is significant because, instead of relying on employer’s records, workers can now keep their own records. This information could prove invaluable during a Wage and Hour Division investigation when an employer has failed to maintain accurate employment records.”
Workplace technology is evolving and creating new challenges and liabilities for employers to manage. Moreover, administrative agencies such as the NLRB and DOL are promoting policies that dramatically impact how these technologies should be addressed by employers. Wage and hour recordkeeping procedures have always been a significant headache for employers. The proliferation of technology could easily turn into a migraine for many employers. Stay tuned.