I am writing regarding work conditions and working hours. I work as a live-in carer taking care of mostly dementia patients. Recently, I was asked to submit a time-sheet and sign that I do not work more than 8 hrs a day. I find it appalling. As a live-in carer I am actually on duty 22 hrs a day with a 2-hr break in the afternoon. I usually work a 3-week on 2-week off schedule. Regardless of what I am actually doing, to my understanding, I take responsibility for my work and environment until I relieve my duties and give it over to another carer. Signing that I am only at ‘work’ for 8 hours a day when I am on duty for 22 hours is unacceptable. Could you please advise on relevant regulations so I can argue my case (not willing to sign the document)? Thank you. Kind regards,

Thank you for contacting the Europe Direct Contact Centre.

As defined in the European Union Directive 2003-88-EC, working time is ‘any period during which the worker is working, at the employer’s disposal and carrying out his activities or duties, in accordance with national laws and/or practice’ (Directive 2003/88/EC). We would therefore recommend contacting relevant national authorities in order to have a complete understanding of your rights as a live-in carer.

For further information, we invite you to consult the following links:
Directive 2003-88-EC
European Economic and Social Committee, The Rights of live-in Carers

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