Breaking: EU Court issues warning to employers on time recording rules

Find out how the European Court of Justice’s latest ruling affects your business.

BrightHR Team

On the 14th May 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) made an important decision that highlights the importance of recording your staff’s daily work hours and breaks.

Let’s find out more…

The ECJ’s decision

The ECJ ruled that all businesses in the EU must have a system that records staff’s daily working hours, including rest breaks and periods.

It said that this was necessary to make sure that staff aren’t working more than the maximum weekly and daily limits, and are taking enough breaks during and in-between shifts.

What does this mean for Irish employers?

Under the Organisation of Working Time Act, Irish employers must record the days and total hours worked in each week by each employee.

If you don’t have a system in place to accurately record your employees’ hours, you risk facing a costly WRC claim.

Penalties include a €1,900 fine and daily fines of €635 for each day an offence continues. 

Working time breaches account for most WRC claims against employers

The WRC also recently reported that the most common breach of employment law (at 52% of all breaches) remains the failure to keep adequate employment records under working time laws.

The WRC’s recent report along with this week’s EU decision are clear warnings to employers to make sure employees’ working time is properly recorded.

And scribbling notes on scraps of paper won’t cut it. You need a clocking system that’s affordable, easy-to-use, and secure…

Introducing Blip by BrightHR

Blip’s a free clocking in and out app that records your staff’s work hours.

At the tap of a button, you can see who’s in, who’s off, and who’s on a break. And it saves all this information for you.

So if you ever need to fight a WRC claim, you can check your team’s work history in seconds. There’s no long wait to get Blip installed either…

It’s ready in Google Play and the App Store for you to download now.

Not a BrightHR customer? Get a free demo today to see Blip in action.