Category Archives: Working time

Case update (1): Request to rest

Summary: Do employees need to actually request a rest break (under the Working Time Regulations) before making a claim that they have been refused rest breaks? No, says the EAT in Grange v Abellio London Ltd available here. Facts:  Mr Grange was employed as a ‘Relief Roadside Controller’ by Abellio London Ltd and his job required…
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Blog: From zero to hero? A closer look at zero hours contracts

Anne-Marie Boyle
Do you remember the days when zero hours contracts were the best thing since sliced bread?  Those contracts for casual working, under which the employer does not guarantee to provide the worker with any work and pays the worker only for work actually carried out? A good thing For employers, they offered the wonderful comfort…
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Case update (2): No fixed base? Travel time is working time

Summary: Does time spent by peripatetic workers (i.e. those with no permanent work base) travelling from 1) home to their first job of the day and 2) from the last job of the day back home constitute working time for the purposes of EU law? Yes, says the Court of Justice of the European Union…
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Newsflash: Working time – travel time

What do we already know? In our June 2015 Newsletter Case update (3): Working time – travel time we updated you that Advocate General Bot in Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco had given his opinion that time spent by peripatetic workers (i.e. those with no permanent work base) travelling from…
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Case update (3): Working time – travel time

Summary: Is time spent by peripatetic workers travelling between their home and their customers’ premises working time under the Working Time Directive? Yes, in his opinion, says the Advocate General in Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco available here. Facts: The employees installed and maintained security alarm systems. They had no…
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Case update (3): Working time regulations – attending meetings

Summary: Is time spent by a health and safety or trade union representative attending health and safety committee meetings and other union meetings counted as “working time” under the Working Time Regulations 1998? Yes, says the EAT in Edwards and another v Encirc Ltd, available here. Facts: The employees, Mr Edwards and Mr Morgan, were…
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