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In the case of mobile workers, the time spent travelling from home to customers' premises is to be regarded as 'working time' for the purposes of the Working Time Directive.

The decision will potentially have a knock on effect on matters such as the minimum wage, as if travel is counted as working time, then an employee must be paid for it.

This particular case (click here to view) involved technicians who travelled to various sites installing and maintaining security systems. Their employer had counted their working time as starting when they arrived on site. This case could equally apply to other mobile workers, such as care workers, engineers based from home etc.


This is intended for general information only and should not be considered as giving advice in relation to any individual case nor be taken as applying to any particular case. No liability is accepted for any such use of the information contained.


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