What do the Working Time Regulations mean for your business?

working time regualtionsA recent ruling by the European Court of Justice will mean that time spent travelling to and from work does count as working time under the Working Time Regulations (WTR). This clarification is important for workers who have no fixed or habitual place of work such as home care staff, cleaners or field based security staff.

The ruling means that travelling from home to a first visit and from the last visit to home will count as ‘working time’ so will affect the total number of hours worked in a week. This makes it increasingly important to be able to accurately plan and measure travel time for field workers to ensure WTR are met.

Weekly working time, patterns of work and holidays, plus the daily and weekly rest periods are determined by the Working Time Regulations. The regualtions also cover the health and working hours of night workers.

Using a system such as Webroster.net will help you ensure you are meeting the requirements of WTR without the need for additional paperwork and form filling. Breaks and maximum weekly working hours can be accurately planned, tracked and reported on by having a clear view of workers’ schedules.

More information about Working Time Regulations is available here:

www.gov.uk/maximum-weekly-working-hours

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1373