The aim of the app is to reduce the amount of disputes about pay
and working hours, between employer and employee. The app was also
created in response to the FWO being fed up with the amount of
businesses who either falsify pay records, or have records that are
so sub-standard that auditing the records to determine critical
information becomes impossible.
In the current financial year from 1 July 2016 to 31 December
2016, the FWO has already issued $1.8 million in penalties to
employers in response to contraventions involving underpayments and
record-keeping. The FWO hopes that the app will reduce these types
of contraventions and that it will also benefit small businesses
which don't have the resources to implement automated systems
that accurately record when an employee starts and finishes their
Intrigued by the app, I downloaded it to see how it works. Once
the app is downloaded from the app store, the user is prompted to
advise whether or not the app can automatically utilise the
If enabled, this location function enables the app to
automatically commence timing when the user arrives at work. At the
end of the shift, the user can choose to receive a notification
confirming the hours worked.
If the automatically recorded information is incorrect, the user
can manually edit the information. However, the FWO has made it
clear that if a dispute arises, metadata in the app will make it
clear when records have been manually edited.
The app also provides information about how to contact the FWO
in the event of a workplace query or dispute, and provides other
functions such as reminders for when a shift is due to start.
The information contained in the app is stated as 100% private
but the user has the ability to export records and to share
information with other parties, including the FWO, if the user
chooses to do so.
The introduction of this app means that employers now have less
of an excuse not to keep proper records, especially when it comes
to employee pay records. The app is useful to ensure both employee
and employer are in agreement as to hours worked. However, this
should not detract from the need for employers to ensure they have
a proper system in place to accurately record employee hours. In
fact, this app provides an incentive for employers to review their
current systems to make sure they are accurately recording
information as employee's now have the benefit of this app in
the event of a dispute.
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