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May 10, 2011

Want to Complain About Your Employer? There's an App for That

Think the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is not serious about making sure that employees have all the "tools" they need to file a wage/hour complaint against you? Think again.

The DOL announced yesterday that it has produced a free "app" that will "help ensure workers receive all wages earned." Available in both English and Spanish, the app is currently compatible only with the iPhone and iPod Touch (DOL is working on apps for other platforms, such as Blackberry).

The app will allow workers to track "regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers." The app also contains a "glossary, contact information and materials about wage laws that are easily accessible through links to the Web pages of the department’s Wage and Hour Division."

"I am pleased that my department is able to leverage increasingly popular and available technology to ensure that workers receive the wages to which they are entitled," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "This app will help empower workers to understand and stand up for their rights when employers have denied their hard-earned pay."

Don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch? That's OK. The DOL also is providing printable work calendars in both English and Spanish to "track rate of pay, work start and stop times, and arrival and departure times." The calendar also includes easy-to-understand information about workers' rights and how to file a wage violation complaint.

You can see the DOL’s press release here. And you can download the app here.

Want to talk to someone about wage/hour compliance issues? We don’t have an app for that, but we can help. Should you have questions, please contact Steve Palazzolo (spalazzolo@wnj.com or 616.752.2191) or any other member of Warner Norcross & Judd's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group.

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