Worker rights | How will your business manage new legal requirements for recording worked hours?

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers must have a system in place to record every hour that employees work. And Brexit or not, that applies to UK organisations too.

As a provider of time and attendance (T&A) software, we work with organisations of different sizes – from family-run businesses to international brands with employees based across the globe.

Many are migrating from an aging or less efficient product; others may require better integration with business-critical software – such as payroll or recruitment systems. Occasionally, we help an organisation move from antiquated processes such as spreadsheets or mechanical clocking-on and sometimes, we provide a T&A package where there has never been one before.

In these cases, the organisation that we are helping to progress is inevitably a small to medium-sized enterprise keen to ensure return on investment against key expenditure. It may be that they had not been inclined to fix ‘what ain’t broke’ or unlike bigger and more hierarchical players, simply have fewer formal processes in place around time management in the workplace.

It would be all too easy to ‘write-off’ the SME as being insignificant to the UK economy – the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Not all SMEs are sole traders. Many represent key employment opportunities - accounting for a staggering 99 per cent of all private sector business in the UK and employing 16.3 million people, 60 per cent of all private sector employment across the country.

However, it is this segment of business that is likely to fall foul of the new ruling – those that are less process-led will now need to ensure that this box is ticked.

Call into NMS for an informal chat about how we can over come this for you.

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