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Wednesday 12 November 2014

David's Employment Law View

In a recent case the employment appeal tribunal decided that two ambulance paramedics who worked on call shifts away from home and were required by the employer to take accommodation within a three mile radius of the ambulance station during that period could  have  their on call time treated as working time.

The case highlights that the definition of working time is not confined to the conventional circumstance of employees attending the workplace and that if they are subject to significant geographical constraints during on call time then that time may come within the definition.  Employers should be mindful of this to ensure that all their staff are permitted the necessary amount of rest breaks.