The 19 minute question

In the past, ECC teachers punched in and out using time cards. With the introduction of the IC system, teachers touching in or out, outside of the permitted time frame (19 minutes), results in a "system error". These “system errors” are not errors, but system flags that require a decision on whether to pay overtime.

 In an attempt to reduce the number of “system errors” management is requiring teachers to touch in and out within 19 minutes. This does not mean that overtime under 20 minutes should not be paid.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labour requires employers to accurately record working times, including actual start and finish times. The Labour Standards Act also stipulates the necessary requirements for paying overtime.

With KEW preparation time being reduced, changing curriculum and the number of private lessons increasing the General Union recommends that you touch in when you start working, and touch out when you finish working. This creates a true record of your work time if you wish to claim for unpaid wages. It also sends ECC management a message that extra time is required to adequately prepare and provide our students with high quality lessons.


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