Mobile workers

Many employers need mobile workers to carry out their business tasks, for example to sell their products and provide installation, repair and delivery services.

The management of a mobile workforce, for example a remote sales team, creates a numbers of challenges for employers around health and safety, communication and control, and working time.

As seen in the Tyco case, the working time status of travelling time for workers with no usual place of work has been particularly controversial.


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Stress causes loss of sleep for nearly half UK workforce

Work stress has led to nearly half of UK workers to look for a new job, according to new research...

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How smartphones can land employers in the dock

13 Aug 2018

Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could...

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EU workers posted abroad to be entitled to local pay rates

30 May 2018

Workers posted to another EU country will be entitled to the same rate of pay and working conditions as their...

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Business travel, working abroad and mental health: a wake-up call

31 Mar 2018

More roles now involve business travel with increasing risks and stress for employees. Julian Eyears, medical director of occupational health...

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Do mobile workers have to be paid for travelling to their first job?

21 Oct 2015

Travel time and on-call time are treated differently for the purposes of the national minimum wage and the working time...

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Remote working: five legal issues you might have missed

20 Oct 2015

More and more employees now work outside the office, whether for better work-life balance or to match the demands of...

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Pimlico Plumbers owner Charlie Mullins says he will not comply with the ECJ ruling even if the company instructed to. Photo: Pimlico Plumbers

Mobile workers’ working time: “Unworkable, illogical and open to abuse”

28 Sep 2015

Employers are just starting to get to grips with the recent ECJ ruling that travel to...

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Mobile workers’ journeys to and from work count as working time – ECJ ruling

10 Sep 2015

Journeys made by mobile workers must count as working time, the ECJ has...

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Eight reasons to turn the tables on hot-desking

3 Jul 2015

With the use of hot-desking and the number of flexible workspaces on the rise, David Whincup, head of the London...

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Three ways HR can understand the workplace of the future

13 Mar 2015

So much has been written about the workplace of the future. But beyond the holograms and space-age offices, what are...

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Flexible working: seven ways for HR to make the business case

15 May 2014

The Children and Families Act will extend the right to request flexible working to all employees and introduce a right...

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Managing the risks to lone workers

1 Mar 2013

Lone workers can face risks those in an office environment may not even think about. Walter Brennan explains how to...

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Swine flu: guidance and advice for employers and HR

5 Jan 2011

Another outbreak of Swine flu has hit the UK, and is expected to hit employees and employers severely.  With significant rise in the...

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Mobile operators need right strategy to cope with smartphone strain

9 Dec 2010

Research just published claims to show that users of Google Android smartphones – including handsets from HTC and Samsung –...

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Businesses urged to consider flexible working

12 Oct 2009

One of Europe’s leading business support organisations is urging business owners to consider introducing flexible working in a bid to...

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