Travel time is “working time” (for some)

In an interesting development for those who have no fixed or regular place of work, the European Court of Justice recently ruled that the time spent travelling between their home and the premises of their first and last customers of the day is considered “working time”The decision was reached in the case of Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another (c-266/14).

Interested employers should be asking themselves:

  • Have relevant employees opted out of the 48-hour working week under the Working Time Directive?
  • Will anyone now be earning less than the National Minimum Wage?
  • Can we re-organise an employee’s schedule to reduce the travelling time between their home and the first and last customers of the day?
  • How do we monitor employees who use the first and last journey of the day to conduct their own personal business?

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