Concerns aired on sleepover pay rate settlement

It appears a settlement reached on sleepover rates for care workers hasn't been passed on to everyone in the industry.

Legislation was passed a year ago allowing sleepover caregivers to be paid at the minimum wage for their entire time with clients, not just the hours awake they worked.

Labour MP Darien Fenton says despite the law change there are still many caregivers that are working for less than the minimum wage.

She says the Minister of Health made a big song and dance last year when the law was passed saying the Government supported quality care.

Darien Fenton says if that's true he should make sure all care-giver workers are being paid fairly.

She says the legislation enabling the settlement expires in 2016 and at the current rate it's not looking like all of the organisations and caregivers will get the money they're due.


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