Case Review - Travel to and from first and last appointments is "working time"

A European Court judgment (which has direct application in the UK) has confirmed that time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as “working time”.

While many employers have not considered this time as work, firms who employ sales representatives or care workers, among many other professions, could now be in breach of European Union time regulations. The ruling does not affect people's daily commute to their normal place of work.

Employers should adjust working hours or ask employees to opt out of the 48-hour working week (as set out in the Working Time Directive by means of written notification), as otherwise employees could quickly exceed the number of hours they are legally allowed to work and employers could face significant fines.

Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones obreras v Tyco Integrated Security Case C-266/14

Posted on 10/07/2015 by Ortolan

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