Editor'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:
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
French workers can now negotiate with their employer on limiting their access to emails and other work activity outside of office hours. Could we see similar legislation appear in the UK? Jane Fielding, head of the employment, labour and equalities team at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP attempts to finds out.
What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments for employers this year.
Updated to include information on Grange v Abellio London Ltd, concerning the extent of the employer's obligation to put in place working arrangements to enable workers to take rest breaks.
Updated to include information on Grange v Abellio London Ltd, in which the EAT held that an employer has a proactive duty to ensure a worker's entitlement to take a rest break.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employer has a proactive duty to ensure a worker's entitlement to take a rest break, and that entitlement will be "refused" if the employer puts into place working arrangements that fail to allow the taking of the required rest break.
The Maritime Coastguard Agency consults on new draft consolidation legislation on the limits on working time for merchant shipping.
A model policy to deal with absence and other issues arising at the time of sporting or other special events such as the UEFA European Championships 2016.
Ashok Kanani looks at some scenarios that employers commonly face when employees request annual leave.
In this week's podcast we discuss how employers can take advantage of the employee engagement opportunities that major sporting events like Euro 2016 offer, as well as highlighting some of the issues that might arise during the event such as competing requests for time off and absenteeism.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to working time.