Case law: Employees on call but required to be near work are entitled to rest periods
Employees required to stay within a particular area while on call were entitled to rest periods under the Working Time Regulations, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. Employers must provide workers with rest periods unless they can actually show they are getting the quality of rest intended under the Regulations.
This update was published in Legal Alert – September 2014
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The EAT ruled that it was working time because the crew's time was clearly not their own while they were on duty. They were required to be within an area chosen by their employer – for example, they could not choose to be at home – and could not therefore enjoy the rest the Regulations were designed to provide.
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