The EU Working Time Directive provides a complex set of employment rules and regulations that govern the number of hours an employee can work, and ultimately dictates the way all companies within the EU must operate.

All Tensor time and attendance systems come complete with sophisticated software to help your company meet the requirements of the EU Working Time Directive.

All companies are ultimately looking for an easy and accurate method of recording their employees’ hours and breaks for payroll, job costing and legislation purposes.

Failure to comply with the EU Working Time Directive, or to provide up to 2 years documentation and proof that workers have followed the legislation can result in Court Action.

History of the EU Working Time Directive

The EU Working Time Directive was first drafted in 1993, and was introduced to improve the living and employment conditions of workers within the EEC. The most commonly known clause within the Directive, is that which is associated with the 48-hour working week and the opt-out associated with it.

The battle over this opt out has split Europe down the centre between those countries who wish to keep it, and those who wish to abolish it. However the battle seems to have come to an end with the opt out likely to be removed by 2008.

Latest News

Controversy over the Working Time Directive has led to numerous changes to the legislation, and debates over various issues to do with the Directive often appear in national and international publications.

In a bid to keep you informed on the latest news and issues associated with the EU Working Time Directive, Tensor have joined forces with another news information website, and these are the latest news stories to be published:

  • Inconsistent Working Time Laws – New EU legislation aimed at harmonising working time and ensuring minimum rest periods for truck drivers has met with fierce criticism from both trade unions and employers in the road transport sector who say they can lead to ‘different interpretations’ and ‘unintentional infringements’.
  • Presidency In Bid To Revise Working Time Directive – The Portuguese presidency is working behind the scenes to secure an agreement on EU working time rules, as the change of administration in France has improved prospects for a deal.
  • Lunch Breaks For Wimps – High-flying 80s yuppies believed that lunch breaks were for wimps – but two decades on, almost one in five employees are still subscribing to the same idea.
  • Short Work of Long Hours – People who spend too much time at their desk are not doing themselves or their employers any favours, but is Britain as a whole, guilty of indulging in excessive working patterns?
  • Life Under The EU Charter – The introduction of the new EU Charter has threatened the UK’s opt out from the European Working Time Directive, however British politicians remain focused on ensuring that the opt out is preserved.

As the British and European leader in clocking systems, Tensor are consistently providing new features in our software whenever the legislation changes, thus ensuring compliance with the EU Working Time Directive.