Labour MP Paula Barker is to launch a Bill aimed at ensuring care workers get at least the minimum wage.
Labour MP Paula Barker is to launch a National Minimum Wage Bill next month which aims to close a loophole that leads to many care workers’ pay dipping below the legal minimum.
The Bill would require care firms to demonstrate that they fully comply with existing legislation, which “travel time and waiting time for the purposes of the job” should count as work. However, there are reports that many provides are failing to comply with the law by not including travel time.
Barker’s proposed legislation would write compliance into care firms’ contracts with local councils. The aim is to ensure that all care workers receive at least the hourly minimum rates. Analysts suggest that paying care workers what they are legally owed could help tackle recruitment and retention issues and improve the sector.
Meanwhile, a report by the Resolution Foundation think tank says the UK should toughen enforcement of workers’ rights to curb widespread breaches of labour market rules, amid concern over the risk of abuses from changing employment practices. It says non-compliance with labour market law is widespread. almost one-third (32%) of workers paid at or around the wage floor were underpaid the minimum wage; 900,000 workers reported they had no paid holiday despite this being a day-one entitlement; and 1.8 million workers said they did not get a payslip.