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International Workplace publishes white paper on sleep-in workers

Learning and development provider, International Workplace, has issued a new white paper on the payment terms and benefits of sleep-in workers.

The white paper titled Sleep-ins and the national minimum wage‘, is the second in a series of publications by International Workplace in association with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) UK chapter.

In an age of flexible working, there are some areas of work that require an on-site presence around the clock, particularly in the FM industry. Be that a security guard or a care worker, they won’t necessarily be actively working throughout that time.

Current legislation states that if the individual is not engaged in ‘time work’ (i.e. available and awake for the purposes of working) overnight then their presence does not attract the national minimum wage, leading to employers looking at other options, most commonly an allowance of some kind to be ‘on call’. The challenge comes when the person is required to be ‘on call’ within a place of work rather than having the freedom to be tucked up in bed at their own home.

There are a number of advantages to operating sleepover shifts for companies, but recent case law has also highlighted some of the disadvantages. This white paper by Terry Hayward, HR Consultant at International Workplace, looks at both.

Martin Pickard, President, IFMA UK chapter, commented: “Sleep-in workers are a crucial component of FM provision in sectors where the end user requires an on-site presence. This is another area in which a good understanding of current employment law will aid facilities management professionals. We hope that IFMA and RICS FM Professionals – and the market in general – will benefit from this careful examination of a complex problem.”

 

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