Sleepovers in the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award
A sleepover is when an employee is required to sleep overnight at their client’s premises. It’s different to a 24 hour care shift. The span for a sleepover is a continuous period of 8 hours.
Can employees work before and/or after a sleepover?
Employees must be rostered or paid for a minimum of 4 hours’ work for one of the periods.
Is it considered one shift?
Yes. The sleepover and the hours worked before and/or after the sleepover are counted as one continuous shift.
Do shift allowances apply?
Shift allowances will apply when a shift meets the definition of an afternoon, night or public holiday shift.
They’re only paid for the hours the employee works before and/or after a sleepover.
Shift penalties don’t apply on Sundays. Where work is performed on a Monday after the Sunday sleepover, the employee is paid the night shift penalty rate for the morning shift.
Example: Sleepover and shift allowances on weekends
Bernie is a full-time employee.
He has a shift on Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 10pm, does a sleepover from 10pm to 6am, and then works from 6am to 9am on Monday.
Bernie gets paid Sunday rates for the 3pm to 10pm shift and paid the 15% night shift loading for the hours worked from 6am – 9am on Monday.
Example: sleepover and shift allowances not on weekend
Orla works from 5pm to 10pm Monday, does a sleepover from 10pm to 6am then works from 6am to 9am on Tuesday.
A night shift is a shift finishing after midnight or starting before 6am Monday to Friday.
As Orla’s shift finishes at 9am, Orla gets paid the 15% night shift loading for the hours worked from 5pm to 10pm on Monday and 6am to 9am on Tuesday.
Is a sleepover a break?
No. A sleepover can’t count as a break between rostered work periods, or as a break in a broken shift.
See Broken shifts in the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award for more information.
Does a sleepover count as ordinary hours of work?
No. Only work before and/or after the sleepover counts as ordinary hours.
What is an employee paid during a sleepover?
See Pay for sleepovers in the Social, Community Services, Home Care & Disability Services Award for more information.
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