working time rules

When does my working time start?

Here is a question I get asked quite often.

I am based at home and travel a lot for work. Does my working time start when I leave home or when I arrive at my first appointment?

This is an important issue when considering the Working Time Regulations and the National Minimum Wage entitlements. Case law has established that where an individual is ordinarily based at home, their working time starts when they leave home. As such, their working time includes the journey from home to their first appointment.

Where an individual is ordinarily required to attend a business premises before attending any appointments, the time spent travelling from home to the business premises is not included within their working time.

If you have any queries about this or any other aspect of employment law please do not hesitate to contact me on 01789 336 957 or

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