The European Union (EU) said that workers with no fixed office will be paid for travelling to and from their first and last clients each day. This will affect staffing costs across Europe. This means higher salaries for care workers, sales staff, plumbers, and other company employees who work from home. The EU said it wants to protect the health and safety of workers. It also wants to make sure workers do not work more than 48 hours a week.
Thousands of European companies will have to make sure their employees' first and last appointments are near their homes. An employment lawyer said if bosses do not change working hours, their workers could quickly work more than the number of hours they are legally allowed to work. Companies could face legal action if this happens. The new rule does not affect workers who travel to their fixed place of work every day.