from the Care Association Alliance

Government softens its position on sleep-in shifts

Courtesy of Royds Withy King

In an eventful week for UK employment law, the Government’s press release on sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector comes hot on the heels of Tribunal fees being scrapped. This announcement marks a significant step to protect the viability and sustainability of the social care sector.

At quarter past midnight on 26 July 2017, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy announced that it had temporarily suspended HMRC enforcement activity and won’t be seeking historic financial penalties against employers for sleep-in shift pay.

Care workers were previously paid a flat-rate allowance of around £35 per sleep-in shift, in order to provide on-site and on-call care. However, a recent Employment Tribunal ruled that …….. [Read More at Royds Withy King]