May 9, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 6:08 pm

U.S. Labor releases wage-tracking app

Workers can now track their own hours and wages owed them with a free smartphone application from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Available in English and Spanish, users can track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers, the agency said Monday.

Glossary, contact information and materials about wage laws are easily accessible through links to the Web pages of the department's Wage and Hour Division.

Additionally, through the app, users will be able to add comments on any information related to their work hours; view a summary of work hours in a daily, weekly and monthly format; and email the summary of work hours and gross pay as an attachment.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said the new technology is significant because, instead of relying on their employers' records, workers now can keep their own records -- information that could prove invaluable during a wage investigation when an employer has failed to maintain accurate employment records.

The free app is currently compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apps for Android and BlackBerry users aren't far off, the agency said.

Both the app and the calendar can be downloaded from the Wage and Hour Division's home Web page at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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