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There’s An App for That

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And it’s exhibit one to the wage and hour lawsuit that has just been filed against your company.  The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the release of its first smartphone app – a timesheet that allows employees to keep track of their work hours and calculate how much they are owed each workweek.  With this app, English and Spanish speaking employees can track regular work hours, break times, and overtime hours not only for themselves but for others.  The app is currently compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, but the DOL is exploring updates that could enable similar versions for other smartphone platforms and that would enable other pay features, such as the inclusion of tips, commissions, bonuses, deductions, holiday pay, pay for weekends, shift differentials, and pay for regular days of rest.  For those employees who do not have a compatible smartphone, the DOL has a printable work hours calendar available for use that not only provides employees with a means on which to independently record their work hours but also a primer on what their employers may be doing wrong.  Of course, the DOL’s number is included at the bottom.

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“What that gentleman posted on Facebook was between him and his friends.”

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Really? Because now what he posted on Facebook is all over the internet, the newspaper, the radio, and (allegedly) customers’ windshields. What we’re talking about are racially derogatory Facebook musings by a youth football coach in metro Atlanta. Those postings threaten not only his position with a popular football association, but also those of the association’s other board members. This should serve as another reminder that the things folks say on social media sites can have a significant impact on their employer’s business and should be addressed through a customized company policy. An employer certainly can’t stop this type of thing from happening, but it can put its employees on notice that it will not be tolerated.

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