Firefighter ruling sparks new heat for employers

The standby arrangements for Belgium’s volunteer firefighters are set to cause new headaches for employers with workers who are paid flat rates for time on-call or when sleeping in the workplace, with a judgement that will affect companies across the European Union. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that volunteer firefighter Rudy Matzak is a ‘worker’ and that within the meaning of the Working Time Directive his time on standby is ‘working’ time. Under that Directive, ‘working time’ refers to “any period during which the…

Working time: travelling to and from work

Does travelling time count as Working time where the employee has no fixed place of work? Advocate General Bot has given his opinion in a case before the European Court of Justice in the Spanish case of Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another C-266/14 ruled that workers with no fixed place of work, time spent travelling from their home to their first assignment, and from their last assignment back to their home, constitutes working time under the Working Time Directive. Working…

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