Working While Travelling

Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco

What counts as ‘working time’? It is a question that will continue to be asked as working patterns evolve.

There has now been word from Europe that employers should take account of peripatetic workers’ first and last journeys of the day. It is yet to be confirmed, but it seems that when these sorts of workers travel to and from a customer or client, those journeys from home to the premises and from the premises to home count. They fulfill the requirements of ‘working time’.  That is because the workers are at the employer’s disposal and carrying out their duties during that travelling time.

Note that time spent travelling between clients (rather than the first and last journey of the day, involving travel from/to home) has always been regarded as working time.