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The Court of Appeal has overturned government guidance that entitled carers to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for sleep-in shifts.

During its decision, the Court ruled that only hours spent awake counted as ‘worked’ hours, meaning carers can continue to be paid a flat rate for sleep-in shifts, and are no longer eligible to six years’ worth of back pay.

The Court’s ruling is a big victory for the care sector. The government’s guidance – which did entitle carers to the NMW for sleep-in shifts – threatened to put as many as two in three employers in the care sector out of business by the end of March 2019. 

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