Real-time management key to administering new ‘travel to work’ ruling


Autotime is urging UK employers to evaluate their management processes after the European Court of Justice ruled that time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time.

Previously this travelling time has not been regarded as work by most employers.

Employers with workers who travel as part of their jobs such as sales reps, care workers and utility engineers may be in breach of EU working time regulations.

The court says the ruling has been enforced to protect the health and safety of mobile workers as set out in the European Union’s working time directive, which stipulates that they cannot work more than 48 hours in a week unless they opt out.

Christian Berenger, Operations Director at Auto Time says: “The new ruling could leave contractors, already under pressure to deliver their services cost-effectively, confronted by increased labour costs and facing a tough battle to operate profitably within tight margins.

“To minimise compliance risk, employers need to put systems in place that will enable them to gain total transparency of their workforce, track their movements and plan staff workloads to coincide with their daily commute to minimise costs.”

Factoring travelling time and more hours into workers’ timesheets will place more workload on the shoulders of HR and payroll teams.

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