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Every Monday, HR-inform is publishing an article briefly outlining some of the biggest developments of the last week that organisations should be aware of.

Updated national minimum wage guidance

The government has updated its guidance on ‘sleep in shifts’ and the national minimum wage due to the recent Supreme Court ruling to say people on an overnight shift who are expected to sleep for all or most of the shift are not entitled to NMW for all of the shift - only time spent awake for the purpose of working.

The position is different where workers are expected to perform activities for all or most of a shift, and are only permitted to sleep between tasks where possible, such as napping when not busy.

As a result of this, we have updated our dedicated national minimum wage guidance.

Abolition of shared parental leave?

Activists and unions are calling for shared parental leave to be abolished and replaced with something that gives parents more untransferable paid time off. Usage of shared parental leave has never moved above 2 per cent of those eligible for it.

For more information on shared parental leave, please click here.

Changes to furlough scheme eligibility

The Job Retention Scheme can, from 1 May 2021, be used for an employee who was employed on 2 March 2021 and payment of earnings have been notified to HMRC via RTI submission between 20 March 2020 and 2 March 2021. Previous rules required employment on 30 October 2020.

Please click here for our updated FAQs on using the furlough scheme.

Shielding and furlough

The government has confirmed that those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to serious illness if they catch Covid are still eligible for furlough even though shielding has ended across England, Scotland and Wales and there is no wider reduction in demand in the business.