Care Workers – what are your rights at work?

At Workline we get a lot of queries from Care Workers who are unsure of their rights, and with Healthcare Providers in the news lately as they run out of money, we felt it was time to summarise care workers rights in relation to hours of work, rest breaks, sleeping and pay in our article here

And Travel time as working time
Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security

The European Court of Justice is to decide whether travel time counts as working time where a worker does not have a fixed place of work but is required to travel at the beginning of the day from home to the premises of one his customers and to return home from the premises of another, existing, customer (following a list or route that the Employer has determined for the worker).

In July 2015 the ECJ’s Advocate General gave his ‘opinion’ that for peripatetic employees (with no fixed workplace), their time spent travelling from home to the first customer (and from the last customer back home) does count as “working time”. If the ECJ’s actual ruling agrees then the UK may need to change its approach to working time (not the National Minimum wage).

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided in September 2015 that travel time does count as working time. This applies when a worker does not have a fixed place of work but is required to travel from home at the beginning of the day to the premises of one his customers, and to return home from the premises of another existing customer – following a list or route that the employer has determined for the worker. NOTE – THIS IS NOT RELATED TO THE MINIMUM WAGE BUT ONLY TO TRAVEL TIME.

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