If you want to make sure that your favorite restaurant or hotel doesn’t have any current wage or health and safety violations, there’s an app for that. Yes, even the Department of Labor has an app. Eat Shop Sleep allows you to look up wage or health and safety violations in the food, hospitality, and retail sector. And it comes with customer reviews.
It all started with a government initiative to encourage open innovation. Legislation signed into law last year granted federal agencies the authority to conduct public competitions engaging those outside of government to find creative solutions in line with governing objectives. The submission deadline for creating an Equal Pay App, for instance, is at the end of this month.
Eat Shop Sleep is one of the DOL App contest winners, which also includes a Job Tracker and user-friendly employment statistics tools. These are useful tools, but they should come with a disclaimer. The data on Eat Shop Sleep only references confirmed violations, and DOL inspections can’t reach every potential violator. Being a responsible consumer may be more complicated.