Travelling Time for Workers with No Fixed Place of Work Counts as "Working Time"

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 22 September 2015
Ciara Fulton
Lewis Silkin NI LLP
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that, for workers who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work, time spent travelling between their homes and the premises of their first and last customers of the day, constitutes working time for the purpose of the EU Working Time Directive (No. 2003/88) (Directive).

The CJEU determined that during such journeys the workers are at work, at their employer’s disposal and carrying out the duties or activities of their work. Therefore time spent travelling satisfied the definition of Working Time within the meaning of Article 2 of the Directive.

This case could have potentially far reaching implications for employers who employ

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Ciara Fulton
Lewis Silkin NI LLP

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