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Do You Commute For Work? Good News, That’s Considered ‘Work’


By Niamh ODonoghue
13th Dec 2016
Do You Commute For Work? Good News, That’s Considered ‘Work’

If you don’t have the luxury of living next door to your job this will be music to your ears. It’s a good day to be a commuter (we never thought we’d say that) because the European Court of Justice has ruled that time spent travelling to work is actually considered as part of the working day.

But there’s a catch; it probably won’t affect you unless you’re employed?as a care worker, gas fitter, or a sales reps; i.e. anyone without a fixed office. It means that if you are required to move around for work, it will be your responsibility to schedule your first and last appointments close to home.

In a nutshell, the?new proposed law means that time taken to travel to and from work at the beginning and end of each day should count as working time. And it’s about time too because the tedious journey is anything but a walk in the garden…

The initiative is part of the Working Time Directive which observes and protects workers and working conditions across the EU.

It might not affect?you right away (although it will for thousands of public and private sector workers), but?nonetheless, it’s a step in the right direction.