Working time rules are useful for keeping track of when and how much your employees work. This can help you keep compliant with the local labour regulations. You can set up and edit these rules by going to Settings > Schedule > Working time rules

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What is a Working time rule and how does it work?

In Planday, you can set up a working time rule to track a large number of scheduling aspects. This gives you the opportunity to build an advanced warning mechanism, for your planning needs.

When a rule is not respected by your schedule, a warning will be triggered by the rule you have set up. This lets you know what is wrong and for which of your employees you have broken the rule so that you can adjust accordingly.

This way you can monitor if your schedule fits within the guidelines you have set up. A working time rule cannot block you from creating or assigning a shift, even if it breaks its guidelines.

💡 If you are looking for a way to enforce limitations or contractual obligations in your schedule, you should consider the Contract rules feature instead.

How to choose the right working time rule?

When choosing a working time rule to fit your scheduling needs, you should first narrow down what the rule needs to monitor. Currently you can choose between the following rule structures that are based on tracking working hours:

  • tracking of working hours such as:

    • Duration/duration of the shift

    • Working hours for a period of time

  • tracking working days (days with at least one shift) such as:

    • Number of working days in a calendar week

    • Number of consecutive working days

    • Working days in a period of time

    • Repeating a shift type in a period of time

  • tracking time off (between scheduled shifts) such as:

    • Group of days off in a period of time

    • Hours off between shifts

    • Continuous hours off in a period of time

    • Time off after consecutive shifts

Both the category for monitoring working hours and the one for tracking working days in your schedule take into account the information about the shifts in the schedule, such as the duration or shift type.

Similarly, the rules for tracking time off gather information about the shifts in your schedule focusing on the time difference between the end time of one shift and the start time of the next one.

⚠️ If you need to use either one of the rule structures above and you can't find it under Settings > Schedule > Working time rules > Create, please reach out to our support team for assistance.

Once you have decided which working time rule you need, you are ready to start creating it.

How to set up a Working time rule?

To set up a working time rule, you'll first need to create one starting from the structure that fits best with your needs.

Go to Settings > Schedule > Working time rules > Create Working time rule.

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This will open a new window for you to choose which type of rule you want to start setting up.

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Setting up any of the rule types will require that you:

  • Set a name for the rule. (Required) With this name, you will be able to distinguish between all the rules set up for your organization, in the overview list. You should choose something indicative of what the rule is tracking for your schedule and keep in mind that you cannot use a name for more than one rule.

  • who and what it applies to within your organization. You can define this through:

You need to select at least one group, employee type, and leave at least shift type, depending on what you need the rule to monitor and trigger a warning for while scheduling.

As an example, you cannot exclude all the Shift types because the working time rule needs at least one parameter to know which Shifts to take into account, from your Schedule.

Here is an example of what the setup form looks like for a working time rule that can be used to monitor shift length.

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Besides the general details needed for a rule, there will be specific details to fill out, depending on the rule type. Once all the details of a rule are filled out, press Create to enable the rule. From now the rule will automatically trigger a warning on the next conflicting shift you create or modify in the schedule.

For instance, taking the Shift duration working time rule, you may want to define the maximum length of a shift. You would also like to be alerted when you will attempt to create a shift that is longer than 13 hours, excluding some types of shifts such as Holiday monthly salaried (Paid) and Off Shift type.

You can also see that the rule is now called Max Shift Length 13h as a reference and that it applies to all employees within the organization (all Employee groups and all Employee types).

Consider the Shift length rule in place and the 2 shifts shown in the image below.

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Modifying or attempting to create a new Shift in the schedule that is not a Holiday monthly salaried will trigger a warning similar to this:

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As mentioned before, the working time rule cannot block you from creating or editing a shift, which is why you can choose to:

  • Edit shift to align it with the working time rule guidelines.

  • Cancel creating the shift (or dismissing the changes that triggered the warning).

  • Ignore the rule conflict warning and create the shift.


Each working time rule structure allows you to set different guidelines for your schedule.


Still have questions? Reach out to our support team via chat if you need help regarding this feature. If you need more information on what each working time rule can be used for, you can:

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