Smartphone app helps workers prove they weren’t paid properly

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a smartphone application that makes it easier for employees to track the hours they’ve worked and figure out the wages they’re owed.

The free app, which is available in both English and Spanish at the agency’s website, provides a timesheet for workers to track hours independently of their employer. They can also add comments related to their timesheet; view a summary in daily, weekly and monthly formats; and e-mail the summary as an attachment.

The app is compatible with the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The government plans to make it compatible with other smartphones, such as the Android and the BlackBerry, and to add new features to track tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, weekend pay and shift differentials.

Federal officials say the app will be highly useful during wage-and-hour investigations where employers haven’t kept accurate records.