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Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

EU RED TAPE to force UK firms to record EVERY HOUR worked by staff | UK | News


Under the fresh layer of Brussels red tape, companies will be made to set up a system to record the hours worked by each of their staff every day. The Luxembourg-based court insisted this would help its judges enforce the EU’s Working Time Directive, which limits employees to a 48-hour week. EU governments will be made to force “employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration for time worked each day by each worker to be measured”.

Individual member states will have to determine the specific arrangements for the new system’s implementation, the court’s statement added.

The court claimed without the new red tape, employees are unable to determine their exact working hours, making it “excessively difficult, if not impossible in practice, for workers to ensure that their rights are complied with”.

The British Chambers of Commerce have criticised the draconian measures, insisting modern-day work places should be allowed to remain “flexible”.

Mike Spicer, the BCC’s director of policy, said: “The modern workplace relies on greater flexibility between employees and employers, and therefore implementing this ruling into UK law will require extensive consultation with business.

“The changing nature of the UK workforce, with increased home and remote working and flexibility, means that direct supervision is often challenging, and relies on a degree of trust between employee and employer.

“If this is to avoid being eroded, it is vital that the government commits to engaging with business communities to see how this can work in practice.”

The ECJ case was brought after a Spanish trade union asked a Madrid court to rule on whether a branch of Germany’s Deutsche Bank in the capital, had to establish a system to record its employees’ working hours.

In its statement, the Luxembourg court said that data provided by the local court showed that 53.7 percent of Spanish overtime hours were not recorded.

Under the transition period negotiated by Theresa May, Britain must comply with the ECJ’s rulings for its duration, which could last until December 2022.

Under the cross-party Brexit talks, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is attempting to lock Britain into mirroring EU workers’ rights as part of any compromise deal.

The German Employers’ Association have also slammed the ECJ ruling, declaring it “behind the times”.

A spokesman said: “We employers are against the general reintroduction of the punch clock in the 21st century.”



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