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 can look to exploit this. We look at the new sanctions the Government is intending for the Care Sector here.

There are, of course, good care sector employers out there but we hear about many rogue employers. With only one in four unqualified care workers a member of a trade union, there is less organisation in getting carer’s employment rights enforced. With the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees last year, this may mean an individual cannot afford to take a Tribunal case against an employer who is clearly breaking the law.

It is well known that the care workforce is badly paid, with 9% of staff earning less than the minimum wage (2011 statistics). A report by The Resolution Foundation in in August 2013 called “Does it pay to Care? Under-payment of the National Minimum Wage in the social care sector” also found this to be the case.

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