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An employer must pay their workers a minimum amount per hour as defined by law. The national minimum wage (NMW) applies to workers who are under the age of 25.
NMW applies to all workers, with certain exceptions such as:
The National Living Wage (NLW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers aged 25 and over are entitled to by law.
The rate will depend on a worker’s age and if they are an apprentice.
|Age group||April 2019||April 2018|
|National Living Wage (25+)||£8.21||£7.83|
|Accommodation Offset||£7.55 a day||£7 a day|
As Sports Direct and John Lewis found out, failing to comply can be very costly in terms of financial penalties and negative publicity.
HMRC routinely names and shames employers that have broken minimum wage rules, some of which may be arithmetic or technical mistakes by employers who have intended to comply with the law.
Arrangements requiring employees to buy work uniform out of their wages, and Christmas saving schemes have been ruled as in breach of minimum wage. We can advise you about the more complicated requirements.
For that reason, we recommend that you look further at employer obligations which are set out in HMRC’s guide to national minimum wage enforcement.
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