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Will employees have to start clocking in again?

This week the European Court of Justice ruled that companies in the European Union as of now have to register the amount of hours their employees work. Member States will be responsible for ensuring employers establish such registration systems.

Gerrard Boot

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment will now have to come up with guidelines for the Dutch business sector as soon as possible, says Professor of Labour Law Gerrard Boot in Dutch newspaper Trouw. In line with the ruling, these guidelines will have to be objective, reliable and accessible.

'This of course is going to cost companies money', Boot says. However, it doesn’t have to be a lot of money. 'It is likely it can be done just by using a notebook in which a baker for example notes down what time his assistant arrived at work.’

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