Following the european ruling on the recording of working hours, german economics minister peter altmaier sees no need for action in germany for the time being. The CDU politician warned against additional bureaucracy for employers and employees.
"The ruling points in the wrong direction," altmaier said in berlin on tuesday. "It is the wrong way to reintroduce the time clock everywhere."According to the current legal situation, there is already a comprehensive documentation system in germany that can be used to measure daily working hours. Criticism from the SPD.
Altmaier said the economics ministry would closely examine the ruling of the european court of justice (eugh) and commission a legal opinion to determine whether there was any need for action at all. "We want to and must protect the interests of employees, but we must not create an excessive bureaucracy."
Altmaier said that at the heart of the matter is not just technical issues, but also the culture of trust between employer and employee. "In germany, the model of trust-based working time has emerged, and many employees and employers have had good experiences with it."
Following a ruling by the european court of justice, employers are to be obliged to systematically record the total working hours of their employees. Unions buried this as protection against unpaid overtime and round-the-clock availability. Employers warned of new bureaucracy.
Federal labor minister hubertus heil (SPD) told the "suddeutsche zeitung" (wednesday edition) that the ministry is currently evaluating the ruling carefully. "We are also in talks with the social partners about this and will make proposals in the second half of the year on how we can secure the rights of employees in the light of the ruling."His proposals were to respect the principle of proportionality and avoid unnecessary bureaucracy. With regard to altmaier, heil said: "however, no responsible minister in the federal government should ignore existing law and statute."
SPD parliamentary group vice chairwoman katja mast said altmaier was free to review rulings. "Nevertheless, we assume that the law will regulate what follows from the ruling in the interests of employees and companies," said mast. "Everything else we did not consider to be communicable. And to the employers: there are no plans to reanimate the time clock."
The ministry of economics explained that the ruling leaves room for interpretation. Moreover, it did not specify any particular time limit within which member states had to take action. "That’s why it’s right now to carefully examine and analyze whether there’s a need for implementation and not to rush into things. It is important to find solutions that meet the interests of both employers and employees and do not lead to further bureaucracy."
Altmaier has recently been heavily criticized by business associations for doing too little, for example, for small and medium-sized businesses. He considers it a success that the coalition recently agreed to relieve companies of bureaucracy. However, negotiations are still underway about specific mabnahmes.