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Fair Work Ombudsman releases app for employees to automatically track time spent at work

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Fair Work Ombudsman releases app for employees to automatically track time spent at work

SME owners are being reminded about their obligations to keep complete and accurate records of the hours their staff work, after the Fair Work Ombudsman today released an app for employees to do their own record-keeping.

The “Record My Hours” app allows employees to automatically track and record the amount of time they spend at work with the help of geo-location services, which register exactly when employees arrive and leave their place of employment.

The app asks workers to confirm the number of hours worked at the end of every shift and also includes a notification system to alert employees when they have to head to work.

Employees will be able to export the tracking data to their employer, or even to the Fair Work Ombudsman if the employee believes they are being underpaid.

The app is available in 12 languages to encourage workers from migrant backgrounds to use it and can be downloaded for both Android and iPhone systems.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said in a statement the app is designed to address underpayments of young and migrant workers, and to act as a “back-up” if employers are suspected of not meeting their obligations,

“Workplace laws require employers to keep accurate records of the hours their employees have worked. Minor discrepancies in record-keeping are usually resolved without the need for formal enforcement action,” James said.

While James said most business owners “do the right thing” when it comes to record keeping, the Fair Work Ombudsman sees “too many” examples of deliberately altered or very poorly kept records.

“We take matters very seriously when we come across examples of record-keeping that is so sub-standard it compromises our ability to determine a worker’s entitlements,” said James.

“In the six months to December, two-thirds (64 percent) of the cases we filed in court included alleged record-keeping or pay slip contraventions.”

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