The ECJ judgment
In a landmark ruling of 14 May 2019, the European Court of Justice obliges employers to introduce a system for recording working time. The ruling points out that the provisions of occupational health and safety must be implemented for all employees. The prescribed maximum working hours should not be exceeded and rest periods should be observed. Every company and every institution is obliged to document the hours worked. A national draft law regulating the implementation of the ECJ ruling is expected in 2020.
Previous models of so-called " confidence-based working hours" could thus no longer be sufficient. The documentation obligation stipulates that proof of hours worked must be kept, but the form of documentation is not prescribed.