Travel time for peripatetic workers

The European Court of Justice has recently made a decision on travel time in respect of the Working Time Directive. They found that workers without a fixed or regular place of work can count their travel time from home to their first appointment as working time.

This is often not how the time has been regarded by employers. However, this is purely for the purposes of calculating working time under the legislation and does not automatically lead to any position on how that time is (or isn’t) paid.

Law firm Boyes Turner has a reasonably short and readable piece on the decision.

CIPD, the personnel professionals body, also has a relevant news article written by a lawyer, with a similar take on issues raised.

UPDATE: Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update has a fairly in-depth item, with some possible steps to take.