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This section provides regular updates and information on the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act 2011.
On 18th October 2011 the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act 2011 came into effect. The Act was developed so that it can be used as a platform for settlements, as occurred with IDEA Services Ltd and the Service and Food Workers Union, with other Vote Health providers who deliver sleepovers, and who choose to join the Act.
The Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act 2011 confirms the agreement between IDEA Services Ltd and its employees and the Crown, and provides the framework to resolve other employers and employee’s claims
The Act will ensure that some of the most vulnerable people continue to receive quality care in the community
Without this Act many providers were not sustainable, which could have been devastating for clients and employees
It sets in place a fair and consistent framework to remedy the Sleepover issue between Crown funded employers and their employees.
The Government is committing $27.5m to assist Crown funded employers in the health and disability sector to settle valid back wage claims and up to $90m over three years for the staged progression to the minimum wage.
The Act introduces strong incentives for publicly funded health and disability employers to reach settlement because they will be eligible for contributory funding from the Crown to reduce back dated liabilities and to support phasing in of the minimum wage. Also, if employers don’t join they will be required to pay 100% of the minimum wage from 1 July 2011.
Under the Act employees stand to gain access to back wages that the employer may not have otherwise have been able to fund and will enjoy more certain future access to higher wages.
Employers with Crown funded contracts who joint the settlement will have their backdated liability significantly reduced.
Legislation covers backpay for those employees who were party to the dispute, ie, those who had lodged claims before 2nd of September 2011.
In this section
- Since October 2011 when the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act came into effect almost half of the agreements have been finalised and signed. Read more
- Significant progress is being made in the Sleepover Settlements process, with Cabinet having now approved the first Order in Council to extend the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act 2011 for the eigh Read more
- Updates on changes to the settlement template, submitting draft Settlement Agreements, timeframes and information flow. Read more
- Progress on Facilitating the Settlement Process Read more