Working Time Directive
The software enables regular update, to allow for coherence with the current working time laws in place, which tend to be updated on an annual basis. Aspects that the software covers are:
- Non-working day(s) per week.
- Minimum break requirements.
- Maximum hours per week.
- Average maximum hours per week over long periods (17 weeks).
- Non-consolidated leave calculations.
- Holiday allocation and assignment.
The software uses simple graphics such as bar graphs (see image below), to show how much of their weekly legal allowance, staff have used. Staff can choose to work more than the legal amount of hours but this is done through their own consent.
Reports can also be viewed on an individual employee basis for acquired leave, hours and cost totals.
As of April 2008 Health and Safety legislation provides unlimited fines and jail sentences for corporate negligence. Whilst Britain has an opt out from aspects of work time directive legislation, court ruling suggest the following:
Any Agency Employer who's staff exceed WTD limits and are subsequently involved, even accidentally, in a harmful situation may be liable under corporate health and safety laws. The liability extends to anyone involved in the Management chain from Owners and Directors down. Proof of checking that WTD limits were adhered to would be of considerable assistance in any defence. Inability to substantiate that WTD requirements were properly monitored could be seized upon by the prosecution.