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Working Time Directive Opt-out, The Story So Far case study image

Working Time Directive Opt-out, The Story So Far

As we all know, the UK is the only country in the EEC to have an opt-out for workers who want to work more than 48-hours a week. While UK workers cannot be forced to work more than an average of 48-hours per week (normally calculated over 17-weeks), they can voluntarily enter into an opt-out agreement. This must be in writing and signed by the employee. The �opt-out� is due to finish in December 2003. The EEC will now, Undertake a study (due out October 2003-ish) on how the opt-out is being used in the UK. They will look at – overall usage by UK employers/employees – any abuse of the opt-out – relationship between the opt-out and workplace accidents Consult with the European Parliament and Council seeking their opinions and produce a report of recommendations (due out November 2003). The report is likely to – suggest no amendments to the existing opt-out OR – include legislative proposal amending the opt-out. The TUC are leaning on the Government to end the opt-out and the Government currently say they would like to keep it (but they may not get a choice!). The Government also want to be seen as �good Europeans� and simultaneously cabinet ministers criticise the UK�s �long working hours� culture. Separately, the trade union Amicus have brought an action in the European Court claiming the UK has incorrectly implemented unmeasured and partly unmeasured working time in the Working Time Directive. If successful this will affect white collar workers. Many people think it is only a matter of time before the UK looses it�s opt-out. Either way, employers (both public and private) need to make sure that they can prove the hours worked by employees. In practice this means accurately recording start and finish times and the easiest way to do this – is with a Smart Card.

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Tensor Are Now Offering Free On-Site Security Audits

After many customer requests Tensor Plc is happy to offer a Free Security Audit. Most companies and organizations, large and small, are reviewing their current security arrangements and many have been surprised how easy it is for strangers to gain access. Tensor has a lifetime of experience in advising the police, security sensitive organizations, airports and airlines, government departments, local authorities, utilities, international companies and many smaller companies on Access Control and the Identification and Monitoring of employees and visitors. During an audit our Security Specialists will: Visit your site, free of charge, to offer advice on physical access control, employee and visitor attendance monitoring. They will listen to your organization’s requirements and how you wish to manage access for employees and members of the public. They will then help you develop a Security Plan that is user-friendly without compromising site security. Offer state-of-the-art Smart Card technology to give you peace of mind control without being obtrusive or a nuisance to your workforce. Essentially, day and night, you will know where people are and when they passed through specific areas. Help you plan the installation of exterior and interior access controlled doors, turnstiles and car park barriers. They will also advise how these should be connected to existing equipment such as fire alarms. If you are interested in free service is available for a limited period only mail us directly at

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Tensor Opens New Offices in Great Yarmouth

The seaside resort town of Yarmouth had a boost to its economy today with the opening of Tensors� new offices at Haven Bridge House. At a time when Yarmouth sees monthly closures and redundancies, it�s a breath of fresh air when employment �good news� is reported. Both the television networks and local radio were quick to pick up on the story, as were the local papers. Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tensor was kept somewhat busy with interviews. The new jobs will be created over the next 24 months as Tensor expands its Customer Support facilities to meet growing demand for Smart Card products. �We are winning a lot of business from the older, less technologically advanced competitors in Time & Attendance and Access Control� said Nigel Smith. �This has caused us to widen our Helpdesk and other support facilities to meet future expansion.� Tensor has invested heavily in the new facility, which boasts 21st century telecommunications and computer systems and runs on the concept of a paperless office. High-speed ADSL digital links automatically update the network file servers between Haven Bridge House and Tensors� headquarters at Hail Weston in Cambridgeshire. The new communications system handles traffic for Voice, Data and Video. As you would expect, they have installed a first class Time & Attendance and Access Control system to augment the other technology within the new building � made by Tensor � who else?

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