Supreme Court ruling on 'sleep-in' payments - Avenues response - Avenues Group
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Supreme Court ruling on ‘sleep-in’ payments – Avenues response

Friday 19th of March 2021

Today, the Supreme Court concluded that National Minimum Wage does not apply to ‘sleep-in’ shifts for periods when a worker is asleep.

Avenues Group Director of People Caroline Neal said:

“We welcome this decision, as ultimately it ensures providers are able to continue to support and advocate for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“While the impact of enforcing the  payments would have devastated many providers, there is another more corrosive issue at play within this case – the matter of  proper pay for social care workers.

“Now the first issue has reached its conclusion we will continue to work with the rest of the sector and VODG to lobby government for reform, so these people are recognised for the highly-skilled, demanding and critical work they do.”