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May 21, 2011 11:52 AM by Matt Stafford

New app helps workers in wage disputes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Workers who don't trust the boss to keep track of their wages can now do it themselves with a new smartphone application from the Department of Labor.

But employers worry that the timesheet app, along with other new initiatives, could encourage even more wage and hour lawsuits.

The app lets workers calculate regular work hours, break time and overtime pay to create their own wage records.

Department officials say the information could prove valuable in a dispute over pay or during a government investigation when an employer has failed to keep accurate records.

The app is the latest example of the Obama administration's push for more aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws.

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