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Workplace Word - September 2011
The DOL's New App and the Dangers of Misclassifying Employees

09/08/2011

The DOL’s New App and the Dangers of Misclassifying Employees

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently launched a timesheet application for smart phones (app). The DOL describes this app as "a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed." The concept behind the new app seems harmless; the reality, however, is more complicated. When the app is viewed in light of the DOL’s mission, public statements and actions, employers should view this app with something of a jaundiced eye. By creating its own app, the DOL has possibly demonstrated its implicit encouragement for employees to file wage and hour complaints against their employers.

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