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Sleep-in staff: Minimum wage enforcement resumes

The Government has resumed minimum wage enforcement for healthcare providers.

The new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) will enable healthcare providers to identify what they owe to workers and (if identified as having failed to pay the minimum wage) will give them three months to pay back pay. As the compliance scheme is voluntary, employers who choose to opt-out will be subject to HMRC’s normal enforcement regime (although HMRC has strongly urged providers to make use of the scheme, especially those that have already been identified as failing to pay the minimum wage to sleep-in staff).