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May 19, 2011 | Payroll Software | Posted by Ascentis

Employee's Preparing for a Wage and Hour Lawsuit? Now There's an App for That

Today, the DOL released an iPhone application geared at employees who want to independently track their own hours and wages, to make sure their employers are compliant with appropriate regular and overtime pay.

According to the iTunes page for this FREE application, "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." The DOL adds a disclaimer for the application, stating "DOL is providing this App as a public service. The regulations and related materials reflected in this App are intended to enhance public access to information on DOL programs. This App is a service that is continually under development and it does not include every possible situation encountered in the workplace. The user should be aware that, while we try to keep the information timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between official publication of the materials and their appearance in or modification of this App."

With an average of 450 employment related lawsuits every single day, and with 57% of companies being named as defendants in at least one employment related lawsuit in the last five years, applications like this make it even easier for employees to know if and when they are not being paid properly, and gives them easier access to report violations. This iPhone app is free to download, but for employers who don't have a timekeeping solution in place, not having that solution could cost them millions.

STOPPING POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS IN THEIR TRACKS

Employers: It is critical that your company have in place a timekeeping solution like Ascentis time and attendance software which prevents violations of wage and hour laws by ensuring that requirements are automatically monitored and fulfilled. The best defense against an alleged violation is an accurate reporting system and automated documentation of everything related to each employee.

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Ascentis Time is a part of Ascentis' full suite of fully integrated human resources software, including HRIS, payroll software, recruiting software, and talent management software.

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