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German Labor Court Finds Employers Must Record Work Time

Dec. 6, 2022, 8:32 PM

German employers have a legal obligation to record all hours worked by employees, the country’s federal labor court said in a ruling published Dec. 3.

The Federal Labor Court’s ruling (German), dated Sept. 13, requires employers to use a system to record working time. It cites a broad provision of the Labor Protection Act requiring employers to provide “appropriate organization.”

The court found that while other labor laws address recording of working time, none of those laws impose a requirement to record all working hours.

The immediate concern of the case was whether an employee works council has a right ...