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Smartphone Application Allows Workers to Track Wages

Using a new smartphone application, workers can now track their wages themselves said the Department of Labor. Employers, however, fear that the new time sheet application released by the Department of Labor would only encourage more wage and hour lawsuits.

The smartphone application is called the DOL-Timesheet and it allows workers to calculate their own regular work hours, over pay, and break time to create their wages. Officials from the department said that the information generated by the application will be very valuable during disputes over pay and even during investigations run by the government whenever employers fail to keep accurate wage records.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said that the application empowers workers and helps them stand up for their labor rights when employers deny them of their hard-earned money.

The smartphone application is just one of the many efforts of the Obama administration to aggressively enforce wage and hour laws. The Department of Labor has recently hired additional 300 investigators to probe unpaid work time complaints, violation of the minimum wage law, and lack of overtime pay.

An employer-side labor lawyer, Gerald Maatman, said that the government has its eye on wage and hour compliance like never before. In 2010, the DOL began a program called “Bridge to Justice”. The program aims to connect workers who have not been accurately paid by their employers to private lawyers.

Now, employers are more concerned about wage and hour compliance due to the increasing litigation cases because of unpaid wages. Last year, almost 6,800 wage and hour suits were filed. Most of them were class or collective actions.

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iPad Application Feud Taken to NY courts by Viacom and Time Warner

Viacom Incorporated and Time Warner Cable Incorporated allowed the federal court of New York decide on their dispute regarding iPad applications on Thursday. Both companies filed lawsuits against each other because Time Warner placed about a dozen of its cable channels in Apple’s iPad.

Four Networks, including Viacom Inc., News Corporation, Discovery Communications, and Fox Cable Networks, have requested Time Warner to pull out their programming from the iPad application they own, that was launched a month ago. The networks said that Time Warner is violating their contracts by putting their programs in their application. They further said that Time Warner should pay extra if they put their shows on air other than the television.

Time Warner insisted that their current contracts provided them with those rights. However, they decided to take off all 12 shows from the iPad application, April. But Viacom still thinks it is necessary to get a court order to make sure Time Warner won’t return the shows in its application. Furthermore, Viacom is asking for a $2 million fee for each area of the contract violated by the company.

Time Warner is steadfast in their stand that their customers should view the programs in their cable system in whatever platform, and should not be asked to pay extra for it. Now, the cable company wants the court to confirm what they originally think is correct, said Marc Lawrence Apfelbaum, Time Warner general counsel.

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