Don’t get caught out: Start tracking your staff’s work hours with Blip

Find out why you should be keeping a record of your staff’s work hours.

BrightHR Team

It’s hard to keep track of everything you need to do as a manager. You need to plan rotas, track staff holidays, and keep a record of staff sickness. And that’s just a typical week.

Now you also need to keep track of your staff’s work hours, thanks to the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018.

It’s a new law that landed on 4th March 2019, and it’s changed the way you manage your staff. Let’s find out how.

What does the new law say?

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 has been called “one of the most significant pieces of employment legislation in a generation”.

And it’s no wonder when it brings new protections for people on insecure contracts or who work variable hours. Here’s how the law has changed:

  1. You must give all new starters (and existing staff) five core terms of employment in writing, within five days of starting work. One of these terms is to tell your staff the expected length of their normal working day and week.
  2. Zero hour contracts are banned except for two circumstances: if it’s an emergency or you need to arrange short-term cover for routine absences. 
  3. There’s new protection for employees who are scheduled to work but not called in. Affected employees are now entitled to receive a minimum payment of no less than three times the National Minimum Wage, or three times the Employment Regulation Order hourly rate. 
  4. Employees have the right to request ‘banded hours’. This is the range of hours your employee has actually worked over a 12 month period, and it can be different to what’s on their contract.

As you can see, the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 makes it even more important to keep a record of your staff’s work hours.

And if you don’t comply with the Act, you could face 12 months in prison or a €5,000 fine. But don’t worry, it’s easy to track staff’s work hours with Blip by BrightHR…

Discover Blip by BrightHR  

It’s a free clocking in and out app that helps you see who’s in, who’s off, and who’s on a break at the tap of a button.

Plus, it keeps a full record of your staff’s work hours per day—so you can comply with the rules of the Act.

And the best part? Your staff record their attendance themselves, meaning you don’t have to do it. Learn more about Blip today.