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Belgium: Worker’s stand-by time is “working time”

Belgium: Worker’s stand-by time is “working time”

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today issued a judgment concluding that the stand-by time of a worker (a firefighter) at home who is obliged to respond to calls from the employer within a short period must be regarded as “working time” as defined by EU law.


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The CJEU found the worker’s obligation to remain physically present at the place determined by the employer and the requirement to reach the place of work within a short period of time very significantly restrict a worker’s opportunities for other activities.

The case is: Ville de Nivelles v. Matzak, C-518/15 (21 February 2018)


Read a release [PDF 209 KB] from the CJEU

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