July 21, 2024 | 11:51


Companies in Bilbao and Bizkaia will adopt mandatory digital registration of working hours

Mairenis Gomez

June 24, 2024 | 7:00 pm

Starting in 2025, all companies in Bilbao and Bizkaia must stop using paper and pen to record the working day

Starting with 2025, todas Bilbao companies and Bizkaia must stop using paper and pen to record the working hours of their employees and adopt digital systems. This measure, promoted by the Ministry of Labor, seeks to improve precision and transparency in time control, avoiding manipulations and facilitating remote access to records by labor authorities. With more severe penalties for those who do not comply with these regulations, digitalization promises to be a significant change in the management of work time in the region.

The impact of digitalization on companies in Bilbao and Bizkaia

The shift towards a digital system not only responds to a need for modernization, but is also a direct response to the observations of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Since 2019, Spain was forced to properly record the hours worked by employees, a requirement that, until now, was poorly met in many small and medium-sized companies.. These analog practices allowed employers some flexibility, but also made it easier to manipulate records, a situation that the new digital system seeks to eradicate.

Furthermore, the implementation of this digital system will bring several benefits. Companies will be able to avoid fines for non-compliance, which will now be more severe and adjusted to the number of workers in an irregular situation.. Digitization will even allow greater efficiency in the management of work time, making it easier for both employers and employees to record and monitor hours worked.

Increase in fines and new responsibilities for companies

One of the most significant new features of this proposal is the increase in the amount of fines. Serious infractions will be punished with fines that will range between 1.000 and 10.000 euros, depending on their severity.. This represents a radical change compared to the previous system, where the fine was unique and not proportional to the number of workers affected.

The objective of these measures is clear, ensure that all companies, regardless of their size, comply with the regulations for recording working hours. This includes everything from large corporations to small businesses with just two employees. The Ministry of Labor, led by Yolanda Díaz, has emphasized that no exceptions will be made in this regard.

The Ministry of Labor implements new measures for time control

Negotiation and the future of labor regulations

Without a doubt, the implementation of this new regulation has not been easy. The negotiations between the Ministry of Labor, the employers and the unions have been intense and, at times, conflictive. The employers have expressed their concerns about interference in collective bargaining. While the unions have criticized the lack of concrete proposals from employers.

Despite these difficulties, it is crucial that all actors involved work together to reach an agreement. The success of this regulation will depend largely on the collaboration and commitment of all parties. It is even a step forward towards a more transparent and equitable labor market. That will protect the rights of workers and guarantee compliance with labor regulations.

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