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Blow for employers as ECJ rules travelling to work is ‘working time’

The European Court of Justice has ruled that time spent travelling each day between their homes and premises of the first and last customers constitutes as working time if employees do not have a fixed office and are at the disposal of their employer.

This means businesses employing workers who travel directly to customers/clients from home could be entitled to additional pay. Manchester employment law solicitors Ralli LLP offer comprehensive employment law advice on this issue should you require any advice.

Employers may now find themselves in breach of the Working Time Regulations. These regulations are in place to protect workers from exploitation and provides basic minimum rights to work including number of hours of work, reasonable rest breaks and holiday entitlement.

This judgment has the potential to affect a number of employers across the country and business owners are advised to seek legal advice to clarify their position,particularly if their employees commute directly to customer/client appointments.

Ralli Solicitors LLP can advise on all aspects of employment law. Our team of employment law experts can assist in a variety of matters from employment contracts to employment tribunal claims. Contact us on 0161 615 0655 or visit