How do I track my working hours in a timesheet in Germany?

In Germany, there's a general expectation for employees to track their working hours, and this requirement has been subject to regulations and legislation. The purpose of tracking working hours is to ensure compliance with labor laws, including maximum working hours, minimum rest periods, and overtime compensation.

As of writing this help article, Germany's Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) has ruled that employers are obligated to systematically record the working hours of their employees. This ruling aligns with the European Court of Justice's decision, which emphasizes the need for an objective, reliable, and accessible system to record working time. The aim is to protect workers' rights by accurately documenting all hours worked, thereby preventing unpaid overtime and ensuring adequate rest periods.

Horizons makes it very easy for you to track your working hours in a timesheet. While working hours should be tracked daily to ensure accuracy, the monthly time sheet needs to be shared with Horizons only once a month. 
During the onboarding process of all employees, a time sheet for the year will be shared. Employees are required to fill out the working hours by listing when the working day began and ended as well as how much time was spent on the daily lunch break. Employees then simply upload the timesheet by the end of the month onto the Horizons platform in their unique employee profile. 

Take a look at Horizons step by step guide:

  1. Log in to your employee profile on the Horizon platform. 
  2. Select "documents" on the lefthand side. 
  3. Scroll down to "time sheets" and select the month you would like to upload your time sheet for. 
  4. Finalize the process by clicking "Upload". And that's it already! 


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