Landmark ruling on Working Time Directive


10 / 7 / 2015 3.06pm

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a ruling which has important implications for the application of the Working Time Directive (WTD) in England.

The ECJ has ruled that the time spent training by non-consultant hospital doctors should not be considered as working time, a decision that overturns a previous ruling made by the Advocate General.

The ruling was made in a case brought by the European Commission against Ireland, in which the Commission alleged that Ireland has failed to comply with the WTD. The ECJ dismissed the case on 9 July on the grounds of lack of evidence.

Find out more about the judgement in the ECJ's press release. You can also find information and guidance on the European Working Time Directive web page.

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