Advertisement: open in new window
This flies completely in the face of other cases like Hughes v Jones and Jones t/a Graylyns Residential Home, and MacCartney v Oversley House Management and I can't see how the material facts of those cases were significantly different from City of Edinburgh Council v Lauder. Clearly the law is in a mess on this, and ETs and EATs are ruling differently for no apparent reason.<br/><br/>A definitive legal ruling is required here before we all find ourselves in an ET one way or another!<br/><br/>Guy Sargeant
I believe that this is a common sense result for the many smaller businesses who need someone to be on-call at night, but don't actually need that person to do anything other than respond to a call-out. Often these businesses on particularly tight margins such as small hotels and care-homes where the additional burden of paying someone to stay overnight would almost certainly send them out of business. I've had this very question levelled at me a number of times and it's good to have a definitive answer.
You HAVE to be at work, but we're not going to pay you... hmmm.. where do I apply..? Any volunteers to sleep in their offices for no additional pay, completely at the beck and call of others at any hour? Anyone?
I hoesntly couldn't agree more with Dan. 100%
A ridiculous decision. If a worker has to be at a certain place, for a certain length of time, on a rota defined and controlled by their employer, that is clearly not their own time to do as they wish. It is like saying a prisoner in custody isn't actually a prisoner, or in custody, when they are asleep. Prisoners are free to do as they wish (including sleep), within the 'four corners' not just of the physical prison, but the rules of the prison, but are no point can it be said they are not prisoners. If the wardens, when on call, MUST be at a special accomodation, for a specified period of time, then they are under the control of their employer and ARE working. Prehaps the chaps and chapettes at the EAT hadn't had a good night's sleep themselves that night, hence the lack of usual clarity of thinking.