Working Time for Mobile Workers – New Judgment from Court of justice of the European Union.
In a fairly surprising judgment the CJEU has decided that, for mobile workers, travelling time from their home to their assignment is ‘working time’ for the purposes of the Working Time Directive. The case was brought in Spain on behalf of maintenance techmicians who travelled from him to their first job of the day.
Most of us don’t expect to be paid for our travelling time to the office, but the court has decided that, in the case of mobile workers who go to a client’s premises rather than to their office or workshop, this travelling time must be counted as work.
The ramifications for this could be huge, most security officers are mobile workers, care workers who travel to their client’s homes as well as engineers and fitters who go to customer’s premises are all mobile workers, so it would appear that they should be paid from the time they set off from home, rather then the time they arrive on site.
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