Do I’ve to pay the worker for the journey time?
Your employee confuses travel time while at work with travel time to and from work. There is no entitlement to payment for the time spent traveling to and from work, unless this is expressly stated in the contract. Typically, you would only pay or contribute to travel to and from the office if you asked your employee to work in a different location than usual.
An employer’s obligation is to pay an employee for their actions in performing their work. This does not include getting to and from work unless you have specifically agreed to do so. Any trip you need for work, e.g. B. the visit of a customer within the working hours of the employee, is the time that is spent on the execution of the contractual work. It therefore counts toward the time the employee should be paid for, but the time it takes to get to work and back is choice and responsibility, not yours. It is particularly important to ensure that travel time is counted against working hours when the worker is paid at or near the national minimum wage appropriate for their age.
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It may well be that when he drives it is not the time, but more the gasoline that he has to object to, and this is due to the continued rise in gasoline prices, which is affecting the cost of getting to and from him got from work. This doesn’t change your commitments, but it may explain why this issue has only now come to the fore.
With gasoline and transportation costs soaring, consider whether or not you have alternative work options that will help your employees reduce their travel expenses while ensuring that all work is done, e.g. B. Home work or car sharing.
Amy Paxton is the manager of the legal team at Croner
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