Travelling Time - Is It Work? CJEU Decides that Travel Time for Workers With No Fixed Workplace Can Be Working Time

September 14, 2015

The Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) has held, in Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL & ors, that for the purposes of the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) (the WTD) the time spent travelling between an employee’s home and the premises of the customer designated by the employer at the beginning and end of each day, should count as working time. This decision currently only applies to those employees with no fixed place of work (mobile workers). This decision has attracted a great deal of press interest and criticism on the basis that it will lead to a significant increase in costs for UK business. However, some of these reports may have been a little misleading as we explain in more detail in this OnPoint.

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