You will soon have to register your working time: Hear the response from the banks
Several banks have yet to work out how they will be tracking their employees’ time in practice. But it is certain that it becomes mandatory on 1 July 2024.
An objective and reliable time tracking system
The new rules for registration of the employees’ working time constitute requirements from the EU. They are implemented in response to a case between CCOO, a Spanish trade union, and Deutsche Bank.
In the specific case, an employee who worked in a Spanish branch of Deutsche Bank felt she had put in far too many hours at work. The bank disagreed, but she had difficulty meeting the burden of proof.
The case was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union, which established that employers must implement a time tracking system for the employees’ daily working time. The aim was to ensure, among other things, compliance with the maximum 48-hour work week and minimum rest periods.
This summer, extensive time tracking becomes a reality in Denmark.
It appears from the judgment that the employers must set up an “objective, reliable and accessible” time tracking system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured.
It is presumed that the vast majority of banks already have a time tracking system at their disposal, or at least Nykredit has told the newsletter Finans that they have one.
“The system we use at Nykredit already meets the requirements of the act," says Head of Press Rikke Gredsted Seidenfaden, without commenting further.
It is not specified how Nykredit intends to go about the new act otherwise.
Amendment of the Danish Act on Working Time
The bill to amend the Danish Act on Working Time enters into force on 1 July 2024.
Once enacted, employers will, among other things, be required to register their employees’ working time.
The bill carries out an agreement between the social partners, the Confederation of Danish Employers, DA, the Danish Trade Union Confederation (Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation, FH) and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
The agreement has been entered for the purpose of implementing the EU Working Time Directive.
According to Danish Minister for Employment Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen (Social Democratic Party), the bill serves the purpose of ensuring that the rules on maximum weekly working hours are met.
The Danish Minister for Employment has commented that it is sufficient for employees to register deviations from this agreement and/or scheduled working hours.
It has also been confirmed that the bill only requires registration of the employees’ total daily working time with no need to specify the hours within which work is completed.