Employees who do not have a work base must have the travel to and from their first and last customers included as part of their working time, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
The judgment explained that excluding those journeys from working time would be contrary to the objective of protecting the safety and health of workers pursued by EU law.
Lawyers warned that the ruling could have a significant impact on employers, with many potentially needing to obtain staff opt-outs to the working time limits while they could also be faced with significant increases to pay costs.
The ECJ said it believed the workers were at the employer's disposal for the time of the journeys adding that during those journeys, workers acted on the instructions of the employer, who may change the order of the customers or cancel or add an appointment.
The Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Corporation case involved a dispute where employees installed and maintained antitheft security systems at customer locations.
Previously work time for Tyco employees included driving from a regional office with equipment to the customer location.
However, after closing all the regional offices and basing employees at home with their own transport and equipment, the organisations claimed working time only began once the employees reached their first customer of the day, and ended once they left the final customer.
The ruling is the latest in a series through European and UK courts reinforcing the laws around employee working time.
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