Working time

Fiona CumingEditor's message: "Working time" under the Working Time Regulations 1998 is any period when the worker is working, at the employer's disposal and carrying out his or duties. Working time will generally include:

  • business lunches;
  • time spent travelling to and from a client or customer's premises;
  • attendance at employer-sponsored conferences, seminars and job-related training courses;
  • time spent abroad on business; or
  • "on-call" time during which a worker is required to be at his or her place of work.

But does the working time of a mobile worker, for example a travelling salesperson, include travel to the first appointment of the day and travel home from the last customer of the day? Yes, according to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the important decision in Tyco.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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