SAP SuccessFactors Time Management Addressing EU Regulations on Time and Attendance

SAP SuccessFactors Time Management Addressing EU Regulations on Time and Attendance

In today’s global business landscape, compliance with regulations is vital, especially for organisations operating within the European Union (EU), adhering to regulations regarding time and attendance is not just a legal obligation but also a fundamental aspect of fostering a fair and transparent work environment. In this blog post, I will review how SAP SuccessFactors Time Management can effectively address EU regulations on time and attendance and ensure seamless compliance, while also optimizing workforce productivity.

Understanding EU Regulations on Time and Attendance

The EU has established comprehensive regulations governing working hours, breaks, rest periods, overtime and inconvenient working hours to safeguard employee rights and promote fair working conditions across member states. Key directives include Working Time Directive and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In a recent ruling, The European Court of Justice (ECJ) concluded employers within its member states, are responsible for the measurement and management of their employees working time in accordance with ‘European Working Time Directive (EWTD)’ regulations.

The ruling means that in order to properly implement the EU’s Working Time Directive, every EU member state must make sure that employers keep accurate records of every employee’s working hours. Employers are responsible for establishing systems that accurately record every employee’s working hours in order to make sure they’re working within the legal limits. Compliance with these regulations is essential for organisations operating within the EU, non-compliance can lead to significant financial penalties and legal repercussions.

Inadequate time recording can pose various challenges and risks for organisations. For example, determining whether travel time constitutes working hours can be complex, leading to discrepancies in compensation. Hence, proper time and attendance tracking is crucial for determining employee working hours, managing overtime, and ensuring adequate rest periods.

Key Steps for Compliance

To effectively address EU regulations on time and attendance organizations should:

  • Identify relevant EU regulations, including the Working Time Directive and GDPR.
  • Identify and utilize an effective ‘Time recording system’ for the tracking and management of employee hours.
  • Implement data privacy and security measures to ensure GDPR compliance.
  • Monitor and report on compliance.
  • Provide training to employees on the importance of compliance and proper time recording practices.


Addressing EU Regulations with SAP SuccessFactors Time Management

Current Core HR systems don’t meet today’s (or tomorrow’s) demands or employee’s expectations. Legacy systems are slow, or simply unable to adapt and do not provide the transparency and peace of mind of real-time time evaluation. As a result, adoption and employee engagement is low.

SAP SuccessFactors provides a comprehensive solution for managing time and attendance while ensuring compliance with EU regulations:

  • A single global time and attendance platform for time tracking and absence management.
  • Based on true self-service to drive automation and elevate your HR service delivery with efficient real-time processes.
  • Includes time-evaluation capabilities for automated overtime and premium calculations.
  • Embedded analytics/advanced reporting for detailed insight into your workforce.

Mobile First

  • Consumer grade, mobile first employee and manager experience.
  • Including mobile absence management and time tracking functionality.
  • Powered by a powerful workflow concept to ensure proper decision-making.

Deep Localization

  • Application in use in ~150 countries around the globe.
  • Strong localisation framework to tailor the solution to meet local, regulatory and collective labor law agreements.
  • Localised SAP best practice content delivered to accelerate implementation timelines.

Secure, connected and world class platform

  • Delivered, supported and upgraded during 2 release cycles per year, with extensibility options to ensure customer-specific requirements are covered.
  • Including prebuilt integrations to payroll.



Absence of efficient time recording systems or manual time tracking methods that are prone to errors and may not accurately capture all relevant data, can all lead to compliance risks. In today’s dynamic business environment, investing in a robust time management solutions is not just a matter of compliance but also a strategic imperative for driving organizational efficiency and employee satisfaction. By leveraging SAP SuccessFactors Time Management, organizations can streamline time tracking processes, ensure adherence to regulatory requirements, and encourage a culture of compliance and transparency within the workforce.

About the author

Venkata Subramanian is an experienced HR Consultant with over 14 years experience, working across multiple industries and sectors. Venkata is a Solution Architect and SAP SuccessFactors Time Management subject matter expert at Gavdi Group.

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