Rules For Keeping Working Hours Records

According to the Labour Act, every employer is obliged to keep records of the workers employed by him. Records must contain data on workers and working hours, and CONFIDA Croatia today deals in more detail with working hours records.

Working time concept

Article 60 of the Labour Law defines the term working time:

  1. “Working time is the time in which the worker is obliged to perform tasks, that is, in which he is ready (available) to perform tasks according to the employer instructions, in the place where his tasks are performed or in another place determined by the employer.”
  2. “Working time is not considered time during which the worker is ready to respond to the employer’s call to perform work if such a need arises, where the worker is not at the place where his work is performed or at another place designated by the employer. “
  3. “Standby time and the amount of compensation are regulated by the employment contract or collective agreement.”
  4. “The time that the worker spends performing tasks at the request of the employer is considered working time, regardless of whether they are performed in a place designated by the employer or in a place chosen by the worker.”

What data must be entered in the working time records?

The following data must be entered in the working time records:

  • Employee name and surname,
  • date,
  • start of work,
  • completion of work,
  • time and hours of work interruptions and the like,
  • total daily working hours,
  • hours of fieldwork,
  • standby hours,
  • time of absence from work (e.g. vacations, non-working days and holidays, inability to work due to temporary incapacity…).

Special data

The employer is also obliged to keep special data on working hours. The realization of certain rights from the employment relationship or in connection with the employment relationship depends on this data. Such data must be kept if the obligation to keep it is contracted by a collective agreement, an agreement between the works council and the employer, an employment contract or if it is regulated by labour regulations.

An employer who is obliged to keep special data is not obliged to indicate the hours of daily and weekly rest in the working time record. Also, for workers whose working hours are distributed in the same duration and the same schedule, the employer is not obliged to keep records of the hours of daily and weekly rest.


Records of working hours are kept for the accounting period established for the wage payment and must be kept in an orderly, comprehensible and up-to-date manner. The employer is obliged to fill in the records no later than seven days after the day for which the data is filled. Working hours records must be kept for at least six years.

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