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WORKING TIME: New case law brings fresh uncertainty

04 September 2015  

Rebecca McGuirk analyses recent case law on the scope of ‘working time’, including the treatment of travel time, trade union duties, holiday pay and voluntary overtime

The cost of wages and holiday pay looks set to increase following a number of recent court decisions that have expanded the interpretation of working time in employees’ favour. The cases considered time spent travelling to and from the first and last customers of the day, time spent attending trade union meetings, whether holiday pay should include purely voluntary overtime and the carry-over of holiday from one leave year to the next.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Bear Scotland Ltd & ors v Fulton & ors [2014] UKEAT 0047/13

    Edwards & anor v Encirc [2015] UKEAT 0367/14/DM

    Case-266/14 Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL & anor (2015) Advocate General’s Opinion, ECJ, 11 June

    Lock & ors v British Gas Trading Ltd & anor [2015] ET/1900503/12

    NHS Leeds v Larner [2012] EWCA Civ 1034

    Patterson v Castlereagh Borough Council [2015] NICA 47

    Plumb v Duncan Print Group Limited [2015] UKEAT/OO71/15/DA

    Williams & ors v British Airways plc [2011] IRLR 948