Citadel Clocking System

Clocking cases – Paid leave for six years?!

If you could not go to work and still get paid, would you? In this Clocking Cases, we look at Joaquín García, a Spanish civil servant who didn’t show up to work for six years!

What happened?

Joaquín García began working for his local authority in the south-western city of Cádiz in 1990. In 1996 he was promoted, and his job became to supervise a wastewater treatment plant.

At first, Joaquín showed up daily to his new job, however, when office politics became an issue, the civil servant realised he was in a perfect loophole – as both the city council and water board both thought the other side was managing him.

Basically, he played Mum off against Dad. And like a sneaky teenager going out on a Friday night – he got away with it.

A court found Joaquín had not occupied his office for “at least six years” and had done zero work between 2007 and 2010.

Garcia was fined €27,000 (£21,000), the equivalent after-tax of one year of his annual salary. But the company, and city he was contracted to support, ultimately lost more.

The lesson learnt

With a clocking system, even a 1990’s punch model, Garcia would have been discovered quicker.

In today’s world, with the help of biometric clocking technology such as fingerprint scanners, you can make sure 100% that your employees are where they say they are.

You can enable Citadel clocking for your employees for just £2.50 per month.


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