Recently, the Federal Labor Court in Erfurt handed down a ruling that is highly significant for German companies. It states that there is a general obligation for employers to introduce a system that ensures the recording of the working hours of employees.
The basis for this ruling is the interpretation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in a way that complies with European law. This, in turn, refers to the ruling of the European Court of Justice regarding the recording of working hours from 2019.
What significance, especially nowadays, the detailed recording of Time and Attendance and how the new legal requirements can be met in a legally compliant manner is explained in the following article.
Home office and flexible working hours - the importance of time recording
The new requirement is particularly interesting in view of the fact that many companies and organizations in Germany are currently moving to allow more flexible work locations and working hours for their employees.
This results in a potential for conflict that cannot be ignored, especially with regard to the applicable working time law in Germany. The ruling of the Federal Labor Court thus seems to have come at exactly the right time.
How can working hours be recorded correctly?
However, companies are now naturally confronted with the question of what requirements must actually be met when recording the working hours of their employees. In order to answer this reliably, however, it is still necessary to wait for the reasons for the ruling of the Federal Labor Court.
However, the ruling from the European Court of Justice in 2019 has already defined the requirement that the recording of working hours must be both easily accessible and objective and reliable. However, experts assume that the corresponding legislation in Germany will not contain any specific specifications regarding the exact implementation in companies.
Great advantages in time recording through innovative software applications
The processes in the company with regard to the now required recording of employees' working hours can, however, be significantly optimized and made extremely efficient with the help of modern software applications.
After all, they make it possible to digitally integrate all employees into the process and to make time recording extremely intuitive - and this is completely independent of the respective industry. For example, construction workers can enter their working hours on site at a mobile terminal, employees in the field can use a smartphone app to record the time they have worked, and offices or home offices can use a corresponding online portal for this purpose.
It is particularly advantageous when the data recorded in these ways is immediately analyzed automatically and used in other systems, such as payroll accounting. Bureaucracy in companies can thus be significantly reduced and many manual administration processes can even be completely dispensed with in the future.