Devin Windelspecht, What is Work? European Court Says Travel Time is Work Time, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 2, March 2017, ( Abstract: The Working Time Directive is one of the European Union's cornerstone laws protecting workers' rights. Passed in 2003, the law stipulates that workers employed by companies operating in the European Union cannot work more than 48 hours per week, including overtime. But, some companies, seeking larger profits at the expense of their own workers, have found clever loopholes around this law. Workers without a fixed or habitual place of work, such as electricians or peripatetic teachers, are often required to spend hours in transit between jobs without being paid, or even counted as working during the travel time. A new EU court ruling, passed in September, has now closed this loophole, allowing millions of non-fixed workers to receive the compensation they deserve. In 2011, Tyco International Ltd, a Spanish company that installs and maintains anti-theft security systems, made the decision to close all of its regional offices, and reassign their regional employees to the … Topics: Business; Employment