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Working Time: additional obligation for the employer / Durée du travail : obligation supplémentaire pour l'employeur

 

08 September 2017

New reference on the register held by the employer

Every employer is required to enter into a special register or file, the beginning, the end and the duration of the daily working time, on top of the standard mandatory references, such as all extensions of the normal working hours, hours worked on Sundays, public holiday’s or during the night, as well as the related payments.

The Labour Inspectorate (Inspection du Travail et des Mines) carries out inspections to verify compliance with the said obligations.

Non-compliance with keeping such a register or file, containing all the mandatory references, will expose the employer to an administrative fine or a criminal sanction.

This change of legislation potentially has major consequences. In fact, it marks the end of the working time system most used in practice, notably in smaller organisations, namely the one based on mutual trust ("we do not count the hours"). Hence, the counting of working hours becomes mandatory. It remains to be seen whether common market practice will indeed change.

Nouvelle mention sur le registre tenu par l’employeur

Tout employeur est tenu d’inscrire sur un registre spécial ou un fichier le début, la fin et la durée du travail journalier en plus des mentions obligatoires habituelles, telles que toutes les prolongations de la durée normale du travail, les heures prestées les dimanches, les jours fériées légaux ou la nuit, ainsi que les rétributions payées de l’un ou de l’autre de ces chefs.

L’Inspection du Travail et des Mines effectue des contrôles pour vérifier le respect de cette obligation.

Le non-respect de la tenue d’un registre ou d’un fichier avec toutes les mentions obligatoires est susceptible d’une amende administrative ou d’une sanction pénale.

Ce changement législatif a potentiellement des conséquences importantes. Il signe, en effet, la fin du système de temps de travail le plus répandu en pratique, notamment dans des petites structures, à savoir celui basé sur la confiance mutuelle ("on ne compte pas"). Désormais, le fait de compter devient obligatoire. Il reste à voir si les habitudes changeront effectivement.

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