The Greek government is preparing the digital work card, a system for monitoring working hours remotely.

Ministers of Labor, Kostis Hatzithakis and Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, met on Monday, to discuss implementation.

The Greek government says that the digital work card will be an effective tool to fight undeclared work and guarantee fair remuneration for employees’ overtime.

The digital work card will be first introduced to large companies that already use timekeeping systems for employees, usually electronically. Gradually the new system will expand throughout the market.

The Digital Card will not necessarily be a physical card like the ones already used by many companies where working time metering systems operate. It could be a mobile application and a program on the company’s computers, both interconnected with ERGANI. In any case, the timing systems that exist today will be maintained and interconnected with the new system, to operate digitally.

K. Hatzidakis and K. Pierrakakis, at the meeting for the digital work card

The three steps of implementation of the new system will be:

1. Phase one: in 2021, employees will have electronic access to all information registered in the “ERGANI” system regarding their working life.

2. By the beginning of 2022, the “matrix” of the work card will be ready. This will be a digital system that will receive the information provided online by employees and employers. At the same time, a series of bureaucratic procedures will be abolished to facilitate employees and companies.

C. Within the first half of 2022, the implementation of the Digital Work Card will begin with the monitoring of real employment in specific sectors of the economy.

The architecture of the system is designed to facilitate mutual control of the declared hours of work, overtime, extra time, etc. by both employees and employers. It will use “cutters” to exclude irregular declarations.

There will be provisions at the technical level for special circumstances, such as work performed outside the company’s headquarters, business trips, emergency absence of the employee for personal reasons, etc.