Working hours should be made more flexible to cope with family demands, the head of human resources at Germany's Daimler, the makers of Mercedes cars and trucks, has said.
"We have to make the rules more flexible and adapt to today's working habits," Wilfried Porth told dpa.
While limiting the working day to 10 hours was right, workers should not necessarily be required to do all their daily work in a single block, he said, as many required time to look after their children or care for relatives.
"But it cannot be the case that the company has to absorb everything," Porth said.
Germany's BDA employers' association has initiated a debate on working hours, with BDA President Ingo Kramer suggesting that the law be changed to focus on maximum hours per week rather than per day.
This would create greater flexibility and help companies schedule their work better, he said.