The European Court of Justice has recently ruled that ‘time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time’.
According to EU working time regulations, people employed as care workers, gas fitters and sales reps should be given spare time to cover travel as a part of their work shifts. This ruling has been passed to look after the ‘health and safety’ benefits of the workers and to allow them reasonable time to tend to their personal needs.
The directive has been specially designed to safeguard workers from long working hours, exploitation and employee-burnouts. One of its main goals also is to ensure that no employee works for more than 48 hours a week.
The ruling came about because of an ongoing legal case in Spain involving a company called Tyco, which installs security systems.
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