Works Council Must Consent to Time-Keeping via Spreadsheet

​In October of last year, Germany’s Federal Labor Court decided that using standard software such as Excel for time-keeping requires the works council’s consent. This decision merits analysis, as employers are still coming to terms with its meaning.

European Union employers must inform and consult with their workforces—through employee representatives via works councils or other forums—on employment-related matters such as job security, work organization, and terms and conditions of employment.

Facts of the Case

In this case, the employer and the works council argued whether using Excel spreadsheets to record employees’ attendance, which previously had been recorded manually in writing, is subject to the works council’s co-determination right,…

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Credit to Jan-Ove Becker and Dagmar Lessnau for the original post.

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