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Carers who sleep overnight at work in case they are needed not entitled to minimum wage for whole shift – Supreme Court rules

It’s extremely disappointing that the Supreme Court came to this decision. Care workers do a highly skilled and difficult role and they should be paid fairly for every hour of the work they do.

Crucially, no care workers should see their pay fall as a result of this ruling and it is imperative that the Government and works with care providers and trade unions to ensure this is the case.

The long legal process that came before this judgement has shown the law around sleep in shifts is out of date, unfair and in urgent need of updating. This must form a part of the social care reforms we expect from Ministers later this year.

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