Working out when travel time equates to 'working time' is something that care sector employers have grappled with for some time - and it's true that it's not always straightforward. Indeed, at times, it can cause a real headache for care homes, partly because local authority funders only pay for time spent at the care patient’s home which means that often the employers need to calculate and cover the rest. This calculation requires careful examination because getting it wrong may lead to a claim for unlawful deduction of wages or not paying the minimum wage.
Like Mihomecare, all care sector employers should - if they haven't already - urgently review their employment policies and their staff rosters to ensure that they can't be accused of unlawful treatment of their staff.
Mihomecare says that following a review in June last year it has ''revised all pay rates that required adjustment and amended care rosters to ensure that they complied with relevant legislation.''