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Working time for mobile workers with no fixed workplace
Companies wanting to exploit the current trend of moving from office-based businesses to more mobile ones will need to take a recent ECJ decision into consideration before changing their approach.
The ECJ held that the time spent by workers, who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work, on travelling each day between their homes and the premises of the first and last customers designated by their employer is "working time". If a worker does not have a fixed place of work and is carrying out their duties on journeys to and from their customers, that worker must be regarded as working on that journey. The fact that those journeys might start and finish at the worker's home is irrelevant.