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The EEC has taken a decision to force the UK to fully implement the European Working Time directive. Britain has an opt-out until next January (Jan �03) for certain workers. In particular, white-collar staff and those who partly work unmeasured time, especially where there are no contractual hours. These employees also do not have to measure their rest breaks.  The opt-out, negotiated by Prime Minister John Major, is set to cease on 31st December 2002. The EC have given the Government until the end of May 2002 to toughen up the regulations; or face further action taken against it. The Government has not responded and will now be forced to implement the legislation in full by 1st January 2003. Employers who are thinking about Attendance Monitoring for their office staff should contact Tensor now. The Directive provides a fairly complex set of employment rules that govern the number of hours an employee can work which ultimately dictates the way all companies must operate. For example, to comply with the Directive, did you know that you need to provide time and attendance verification of working rules to ensure that?  Shift breaks are taken where more than 6 hours are worked. There are different rules for different categories of young workers Groups of employees working shifts have to be ensured a minimum rest period of 11 consecutive hours per 24 hours. Groups of employees working shifts have to be ensured a minimum rest period of 24 consecutive hours per 7 days.  Shifts for night work are limited to an average of 8 hours work per 24 hours for a defined reference period.  Weekly average (17 week average!) hours do not exceed 48 hours per 7 days for a definable reference period not greater than 4 month. (Annual leave and sickness are not included in this average calculation).  Tensor have complete systems that start from �1,495 and they all have special EEC Working Time Directive software to help you stay within the law.



   Agreement was reached on 3rd April, 2000 on the extension of the Working Time Directive to cover workers in the sectors and activities currently excluded from the Directive. The Working Time Directive will be amended to cover doctors in training, offshore and railway workers and all non-mobile workers in the excluded sectors. Mobile workers in air, road and inland waterway transport will also be provided with "adequate rest", 4-weeks’ annual leave and for a limit on their working time. A separate directive, adopted last June, covers the working time of seafarers.  A nine-year timetable has been agreed for reducing the working time of doctors in training to 48 hours a week on average. The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers will now each have 6 weeks in which to adopt the Directive. Member States will have 3 years to implement all the provisions. Tensor are advising companies and organizations affected (which basically appears to be any organisation employing people!) to review their own situation now. As the British and European leader in Time and Attendance and Access systems, Tensor have provided new features in the WinTA software to track, record and maintain compliance with the Work Time Directive. WinTA is the worlds first Smart Card Time & Attendance system that meets the requirements of the new legislation. The WindowsTM based Time Management Software is designed to complement the Tensor Smart Card hardware, providing calculations of employee hours, with integrated Access Control functions. WinTA built in reports but also has a Report Writer which allows you to define a wide range of customised reports, which can be printed, exported, or viewed on screen. Automatic reports can be generated at pre-set times, for any give period. The WinTA software also has extra modules such as Tensor Personnel, Manpower Scheduling, Visitor Control, Job Costing and ID Card Software which can be added at any time to enhance the standard WinTA software package. Every WinTA system has a Fire Roll Call module that can be programmed to automatically open all or certain doors in the event of emergency. The roll call list is printed automatically, this function is executed directly from the clocking stations and does not rely on the controlling PC.

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