As discussed at length on the Jackson Lewis web site here, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced the launch of its first free application for smartphones, releasing an “App” compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch (and available in English and Spanish), with which users can track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours they work for one or more employers. This application raises numerous issues for employers relating to the implementation of official employer time tracking policies and recording of hours worked, topics analyzed in the very recent Second Circuit decision on these subjects

Employers must keep this new time tracking tool in mind when reviewing wage-and-hour policies, and when issuing company smartphones.