Labour is demanding a new law to ensure “exploited” care workers get the proper minimum wage. The party has thrown its weight behind a backbencher’s bid to close loopholes in the system for the hardest-up. Yet Paula Barker’s Bill – which was already a long-shot to ever make it into law – has been thrown into further doubt after a debate on it today was cancelled. Friday sittings of Parliament, which consider backbenchers’ proposed laws, have been axed until further notice due to coronavirus. The Liverpool Wavertree MP drew up her Private Member’s Bill to help some of the 420,000 workers estimated not to get the full minimum wage. Last year home care workers in Haringey, North London, won £10,000 a head in a tribunal that ruled their travel time between appointments should have been treated as working time. The law is already clear that “travel time and waiting time for the purposes of the job” should count as work. But Ms Barker’s National Minimum Wage Bill would place a new duty on care firms to demonstrate they comply fully with the law. The duty would by law have to be written into firms’ contracts with local councils. And councils… Read full this story
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