The 14th of May 2019 caused a tremor in the European working world. On that day, the ECJ (European Court of Justice) adjudicated that all member states of the EU had to require employers to record the daily working time of employees by use of a system. The background behind this surveillance that, at first sight, seems strict, is the protection of employees, since every worker has a fundamental right regarding the maximum working time as well as daily and weekly breaks. According to the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, this ECJ judgment obliges member states to create national regulations for systematic timekeeping. Whether this decision is going to be a milestone for employee protection or a step back to the attendance recorder era is being controversially debated in a media-effective discussion between economy and politics.
What remains is the question of its significance for companies. The introduction of a timekeeping system that creates transparency stands firm – the date of introduction, however, is still in the air. Consequently, factories are not under any pressure when it comes to the realization of the requirement just yet. Still, it is advisable to already confront the issue. Allowing a harmonious combination family and career, the achievement of agile working hours is in many cases a win-win situation for both employers and employees. What is now needed for this flexible, modern way of working is a contemporary tool that applies to the legal requirements. Regardless of the industry and fluctuating in their use, the systems of today offer many advantages for companies. Once integrated in a modern workforce management, incidents such as bottlenecks can be identified, or hidden potential accentuated at an early stage. The linkage with mobile devices allows for an accurate data management in real time, thus creating more transparency regarding the performed working hours. With these systems, a company is on the safe side regarding the legal requirements. They provide evidence of any exceedances or shortfalls of working and rest periods and, additionally, an effective monitoring tool for the authorities.
As a trendsetter for business applications, Oracle is known as THE solution provider that has already realized these requirements in its current products. These well-balanced applications involve standardized functions for flexible application areas of timekeeping, both for office use as well as for on the move.
This way, the ECJ’s decision might as well be taken as an impulse to hoist companies into a modern working world – one that recognizes unexpected potentials and provides more efficiency. Make use of this opportunity!
Author: Sabine Rudolf
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