Travel Time as Work Time? Nature and Scope of Canadian Labor Law’s Protections for Mobile Workers

Gesualdi-Fecteau, Dalia and Nakache, Delphine and Guilmain, Laurence Matte (2019) Travel Time as Work Time? Nature and Scope of Canadian Labor Law’s Protections for Mobile Workers. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 29 (3). pp. 349-370. ISSN 1541-3772

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The spectrum of employment-related geographical mobility ranges from hours-long daily commutes to journeys that take workers away from home for an extended period of time. Although distance and travel conditions vary, there is a strong consensus within existing literature that mobility has physical, psychological, and social repercussions. However, is time spent traveling considered as working time? This question is crucial as it dictates whether or not workers can effectively access different sets of labor rights. The objective of this paper is twofold. First, contributing to a deeper understanding of travel time by offering a more sustained and complex representation of the various employment-related travel schemes. Second, assessing the circumstances under which travel time counts as work time with regard to the employment standards legislation in force in four Canadian provinces: Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Colombia.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 14042
Keywords: mobility, working time, travel time, working conditions, employment standards
Department(s): Divisions > On the Move Partnership
Date: 12 August 2019
Date Type: Publication
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