I work as a care worker in the community. I am based from home and my employer gives me a schedule of appointments each day. Should I be paid to travel to and from my first and last appointment of the day?

Yes, you should be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for these journeys, because you are working when travelling to the first and from the last appointment. You are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage for all the hours you work and this would normally include your journey from home to the first appointment of the day and your return journey at the end of the day.

The position would be different if you worked at a residential care home, instead of visiting service users in the community. Then you would not be entitled to be paid for your daily commute to and from work, because you don’t normally start working until you get to your workplace.

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