20 May 2019

4.0 - 1.0 - 6.0: The formula for success for up-to-date and legally compliant working time recording

The European Court of Justice's (ECJ) ruling on the recording of working time in mid-May 2019 has been causing controversy since it was announced. In the ruling of 14 May 2019, the ECJ calls on member states to enact regulations obliging employers to set up a system with which daily working time can be measured. While here in Germany the workers' side or trade unions reacted positively to the ruling, as expected, German employers naturally see the matter somewhat differently.

"We employers are against the general reintroduction of the time clock in the 21st century: You cannot respond to the demands of a working world 4.0 with a working time clock 1.0." Thus quote the ARD Tagesthemen the Confederation of German Employers' Associations in the following article of 14.5.19.

High effort, higher costs, data protection

In particular, companies denounce the high additional costs of setting up and operating the technical infrastructure required for time recording. This, according to employers, causes significantly higher costs. And the issue of data protection must also be taken into account. For example, the World found out that even the time recording app "einfach erfasst" (simply recorded) published by the Federal Ministry of Labour does not offer end-to-end encryption for the transmission of recorded working hours and thus does not meet current data protection requirements.

ZEP 6.0: The contemporary and legally compliant time recording for the working world 4.0

"4.0 - 1.0 - 6.0": This is how one can take the numbers game mentioned by the employers' associations above and expand it accordingly. "6.0" stands for ZEP 6.0, the brand new version of the web-based time recording solution ZEP - Time Recording for Projects. With its extensive functions, it meets all the requirements of employers, employees and the law for a contemporary and legally compliant time recording solution.

The employer includes a web-based time recording solution that can be used as a cloud service and is thus immediately ready for use without any additional investment or operating expenses.

The employee is able to record his working hours with little effort via a user-friendly web interface with just a few clicks: When travelling or in the field, mobile apps for Android smartphones, iPhones or tablets are available.

And the legal requirements are also met. First of all, this applies to the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) for the protection of personal data, which have already been in force since 2018. In addition, comprehensive measures are taken to ensure maximum Data security when using ZEP as a cloud service.

And when the ECJ ruling cited at the beginning is implemented in German law, which prescribes a system for recording daily working time, this regulation can also be fulfilled with ZEP without any problems. The ZEP-Clock was developed precisely for this purpose.

ZEP Clock already fulfils the requirements of the Minimum Wage Act (MiLoG), which has been in force since 1 January 2015 and stipulates in §17 the obligation to record time for marginally employed staff (mini-jobs).

Last, but not least, the ZEP Clock RFID Terminal time recording at a stationary terminal via an RFID key fob or card.

Conclusion: By using ZEP 6.0, companies can wait calmly for the implementation of the ECJ ruling on the recording of working time and already be sure that they will fulfil all requirements. Companies that would like to test ZEP without obligation can do so within the framework of a fully functional 30-day trial version do.