Economy & Politics

Laws being tested: the Working Hours Act

Corona-Times: Millions of people sit in front of their laptops between the kitchen and children’s room and organize their work in video conferences. In between, children are quickly picked up from football or dentist appointments are made, and emails are checked in the evening. The freedom to make working hours more flexible is so popular with many that they want to continue working at least partially on the move even after the pandemic. Companies are also increasingly relying on mobile working; it is the output that counts, not the time clock. Only: the flexibilization is not allowed under German labor law. The Working Hours Act prescribes an “uninterrupted daily rest period of eleven hours”. And a maximum daily working time of eight hours.

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