European Court thinks your commute time should count as work hours

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According to BBC, the European Court of Justice ruled that the travel time for workers without a fixed office should count as working time. This will result in a major change in the way employers deal with their employees such as care workers, sales representatives and similar jobs that require traveling to different appointments. This ruling will push employers to reorganize schedules so that their employees' first and last appointments are located near their home to cut paid traveling time.

The court passed the ruling to protect the health and safety of workers in the European Union so that they are not exploited. Abolishing employee exploitation has been the center goal of the court, which also monitors that no worker across the EU is forced to work more than 48 hours a week.

The court ruling states:

"Requiring them to bear the burden of their employer's choice would be contrary to the objective of protecting the safety and health of workers pursued by the directive, which includes the necessity of guaranteeing workers a minimum rest period."

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