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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