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  1. Hi there. I wonder if anyone can clarify this for me please: I am employed by a council in Scotland. My shifts either run early 07:00-14:30 or late 14:15-22:00. As I understand the Working Time Directive, a worker is entitled to an 11 hour daily rest period between shifts. So, I should not be forced to work a "late" until 10pm, then the next day work an "early" starting at 07:00. I put this to my employer and they directed me to 2 parts of the WTD: 8.3 Where a worker is required to work beyond their scheduled finish time, and will not receive the full daily rest period, compensatory rest must be given immediately thereafter i.e. before the beginning of the next scheduled start time. 8.5 Where a shift worker cannot be rostered to receive the required 11 hours rest between the end of one shift and the start of the next compensatory rest must be given before the start of the next shift e.g. 10.30pm finish followed by a 07.30 am start. The 2 hours rest not received between these times must be given as compensatory rest before the start of the next shift, i.e. the subsequent rest period from the shift finish time must be for at least 13 hours before another shift can be rostered. They also said "as the requirement is an 11hours break after a shift finishes the next shift after a 10pm finish should start at 9am, if they had to start earlier due to operational cover at 7am they extra 2 hrs they lost from the 13hours break would be added to the end of that shift finishing time, so the 11hours break would then have the 2hours extra worked to ensure that there was then a 13 hour break from finishing the 2nd shift before the start of the next shift" An example of my rota for 3 weeks: Monday 3 Oct: 07:00 to 14:15 (EARLY) Tuesday 4 Oct: OFF Wednesday 5 Oct: OFF Thursday 6 Oct: 14:15 to 22:00 (LATE) Friday 7 Oct: LATE Saturday 8 Oct: EARLY Sunday 9 Oct: EARLY Monday 10 Oct: EARLY Tuesday 11 Oct: LATE Wednesday 12 Oct: EARLY Thursday 13 Oct: EARLY Friday 14 Oct: EARLY Saturday 15 Oct: OFF Sunday 16 Oct: OFF Monday 17 Oct: OFF Tuesday 18 Oct: OFF Wednesday 19 Oct: LATE Thursday 20 Oct: LATE Friday 21 Oct: EARLY Saturday 22 Oct: EARLY Sunday 23 Oct: EARLY I have highlighted the problematic shifts in red. Can someone please advise me if what my employer is saying makes sense in relation to my shifts, as I honestly do not understand the logic. It takes me over 40 minutes to travel to work each way (this is a new work placement, I was working closer to home but have recently been moved). Many thanks in advance!
  2. Hi all, I am employed by a company full time in the UK. My contract states the following : I am based from home, and work 7.5 hours a day on a customer's site (+1 hr lunch) and have to travel up to two hours a day to get to the customer's site and back (one hour each way). They used to pay us in fifteen minute intervals for travel time in excess of that. They have changed it so we can only claim 30 minutes at a time, and we are not allowed to round up, so we would have to travel over an hour and a half before we could claim any travel overtime (30 minutes). This means we now have to give up to 3 hours travel a day without claiming any extra pay. We have also been told that this travel time cannot be included in the working time directive, which I have not opted out of, because it is travel time and not 'work' time. We are also being told that if resources are not available, we are expected to travel more than the hour in our contract. Sometimes we are booked on jobs that are several hours travel away, without being asked if we want to work those hours. If the job is over a certain distance then we can ask for a hotel, but this cannot be booked for the first day's work. My question is, is all of this legal ? Can I take any action, as I feel we are being treated unfairly. Unfortunately, we have no union representation. Thanks.
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