Sleeping on the job: Is there any clarity about pay?

Care workers are in the news again, as Unison back 17 carers who worked for Sevacare in Haringey, North London, in a forthcoming Employment Tribunal claim about underpayment of the National Minimum Wage, including while sleeping at work.
So we examine here the latest position on whether you should be paid for sleeping while at

The new Living Wage – what does it mean for SME’s

With the surprise announcement in the Summer Budget that the Conservative government will introduce a compulsory national Living Wage from 2016, we thought we’d look at what this means for SMEs in our article here.

What will the new Living Wage mean?

This will be a ‘premium’ on top of the existing national

New sanctions for care sector minimum wage handouts

We know that many workers in the care sector get a bad deal with regards to their pay and hours of work.
The National Minimum Wage legislation is certainly not straightforward and sometimes it can be difficult to establish what hours you should be paid for and there are, unfortunately, employers in the care sector

Time workers should be paid the NMW to ‘sleep over’

At the end of 2013 an important case went to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) – Whittlestone v BJP Home Support Ltd – which confirmed that employees who are engaged on ‘time work’*, and who are required to ‘sleep over’ at a specified location as part of their work, are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for

Have you heard of the Living Wage?

The only legislation that currently exists in the UK regarding pay is the National Minimum Wage legislation which says that:
The minimum wage is a legal right that covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age. There are different minimum wage rates for different age groups of workers as follows:
 

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Internships – a good opportunity or a waste of time?

Internships and work placements have been getting some bad press lately. Are they an extremely good experience for both Employers and graduates or potentially unethical exploitation?

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