On 18 April 18 2023, the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) presented the long-awaited draft amendment to the Working Time Act and other regulations. Following the deccision of the Federal Labor Court of 13 September 2022 (case no. 1 ABR 22/21), the new law is intended to specify how employers must precisely record the working hours of their employees. The BMAS has not succeeded in making a big splash. Instead, the bill comes with a number of inconsistencies and questionable simplifications for employers bound by collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).
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