We’re aware that disturbances appear to be regularly occurring when staff are on sleepover shifts at certain houses, in particular Moriarty. We raised this with LEAP management recently and told them while workers are not giving direct care to a particular client, they are still regularly disturbed by this client and find it difficult to sleep.
This can be a WHS issue, particularly if staff are required to continue on to another shift the following morning. We also told management that our advice to staff is to document each disturbance so that it can be monitored to see how often they are awake. If they are awake more than they are asleep, the sleepover may need to be adjusted to an awake shift, or at the very least, workers should be paid a disturbance allowance.
Tamieka has responded and said she’s currently following up with support workers at this site about the issue, and she also said:
"Support workers have been asked to complete sleep disturbances at every site if there are any disturbances, this is a way for us to monitor and ensure that participants are correctly funded. It also enables us to ensure that staff are in a safe workplace environment. Thank you for reinforcing to support workers to complete the sleep disturbances.
As per the award-
(e) In the event of the employee on sleepover being required to perform work during the sleepover period, the employee will be paid for the time worked at the prescribed overtime rate with a minimum payment as for one hour worked. Where such work exceeds one hour, payment will be made at the prescribed overtime rate for the duration of the work."
To make sure Leap gets insight into clients’ sleep patterns so they can determine whether certain clients require an awake shift, it pays to document all disturbances with times and dates, no matter how short, as you will find it soon adds up.
If you need to talk about the sleepover matter or any other work-related issue, please give HACSUassist a call on 1300 880 032.