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We work to earn money, so we change time for money. In most small and medium companies it is not common tracking working time. I have seen many times what happens when people work and do not track their times. They accumulate a non-neglectable amount of overtime and this is never paid back by holidays or moneywiese. So, we can see here a benefit. But what disadvantages might occur?

The judgement

First of all, I am have not study Jura, I am not an professional in this case. This blog entry is my own opinion. Please, for any law related questions ask an attornee. Having written this, the judgement is given from the website of the Court of Justice of EU. It states:

” […] in order to ensure the effectiveness of the rights provided for in the Working Time Directive and the Charter, the Member States must require employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured.”

Thus, all countries are to set up laws for tracking working time or enforce them upon the companies. 

The benefits

Flat rate work can be ugly. In Germany, labour union tariff workers are bound to time tracking anyways. If you have a leading position as a team leader or manager, you most likely signed a out-of-tariff contract that has a monetary ten percent boost but a increase of work load of 20 to 30 percent as well. In the end, on average, you will get an hourly decrease of 15% 

The disadvantages

The forced working hours will lead to more bureaucracy. Companies will have to install infrastructure and processes resulting in effort for tracking working hours. Also, being held accountable for the working hours might be reflected in adding more worker to the companies since the people will try to minimize the margin. In a way, this judgement is a hidden cost increase in labour force for the businesses. 

My own opinion

I would like to say here: Thank god! Finally! Tracking working hours is not about trust between parties. You cannot build a trustful relationship in a dependent one. I mean, yes you can but statsistically there will always be superiors that drift towards a bad, unfair behaviour. Simply, it is too likely to drift into this situation and thus I congratulate the EU court for a fair ruling in this case.

From the perspective of a leading position, you should be fair at all times. People lose trust in you when they are overthrown by your instable integrity.


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