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National Minimum Wage Rules Tightened for Temps

Businesses hiring temporary workers can no longer include tax-free travel and subsistence expenses as part of their National Minimum Wage (NMW) contributions, under new legislation. Under the National Minimum Wage reforms introduced on 1st January 2011, travelling and subsistence expenses eligible for tax relief will not count towards NMW pay. The change affects businesses that contract or employ temporary workers, and apply to expenses for travel from home to a temporary place of work, as well as associated subsistence and accommodation costs. “For a number of years we have called on the Government to ensure clarity and consistency in the way that travel and subsistence schemes are interpreted by HM Revenue & Customs [HMRC] — particularly with regards to how such schemes interac... »

Minimum Wage Cheat Bosses to be Named

Employers who deliberately flout minimum wage laws will be publicly named under a new scheme announced by Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey today. Cases where employers breach the rules are to be publicised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from 1st January 2011 – giving them three months to ‘put their house in order’. The new sanction was announced as the new rates for the National Minimum Wage come into effect. They are: £5.93 per hour for low paid workers aged 21 and over, increased from £5.80 and with the adult rate coming into effect at 21 rather than the previous 22; £4.92 per hour for 18-20 year olds, increased from £4.83; and £3.64 per hour for 16-17 year olds, increased from £3.57. For the first time there is also an apprentice ... »

Excessive Minimum Wage Rise Stops Firms Recruiting, warns BCC

Excessive Minimum Wage Rise Stops Firms Recruiting, warns BCC

Raising the national minimum wage by almost double last year’s increase will deter small firms from taking on new recruits, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned. A minimum wage increase of 2.2% from 1 October 2010 for low paid workers aged over 21 was announced in this year’s Budget. This will bring their hourly pay up from £5.80 to £5.93. Last year the national minimum wage increased by just seven pence from £5.73 to £5.80. Low paid workers aged between 18 and 20 will also see a rise, to £4.92 per hour, while 16 to 17 year-olds will be paid £3.64 per hour. The BCC’s director of policy and external affairs, Dr Adam Marshall, said the wage increase took some of the shine off a Budget that had small firms at its heart. &ldquo... »

New Minimum Wage Rate and New Rate for Apprentices

The Government has confirmed that it has accepted the recommendations from the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on the new rates for the National Minimum Wage, as referred to in yesterday’s Budget. The new rates, which will come into force on 1 October 2010 will be: £5.93 per hour for low paid workers aged 21 and over (a 2.2% increase on the current £5.80 rate); £4.92 per hour for 18-20 year olds (a 1.9% increase on the current £4.83 rate); and £3.64 per hour for 16-17 year olds (a 2% increase on the current £3.57 rate. The Government also announced that it had accepted the LPC’s recommendation to introduce an apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 per hour. The new rate will apply to those apprentices who are under 19 or those that are aged 19 and o... »

Enforcing the National Minimum Wage

Since the 6th April 2009 employers have faced stiffer penalties for failing to pay workers the National Minimum Wage. The changes, brought about by the Employment Act 2008 (the Act), gives HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) a number of new powers. HMRC have new powers of inspection for businesses that fail to comply with paying their workers the National Minimum Wage. HMRC can enforce penalty payments for employers that fail to pay the National Minimum Wage. Workers are entitled to have their wage arrears paid at current Minimum Wage rates. Penalties for Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage If HMRC finds an underpayment of the national minimum wage in any investigation that continues through or has been brought since the 6th April 2009 they can issue a "notice of underpaym... »

Fair Deal on Tips and New Minimum Wage Rates

Fair Deal on Tips and New Minimum Wage Rates

New rules come into force tomorrow (1st October) to ensure that thousands of workers get a fair deal on tips and wages. (See Tipping: Code of Best Practice) The changes make it illegal for businesses to use tips to bring staff pay up to minimum wage levels. They come into effect on the same day as new increases to national minimum wage rates which will benefit up to one million people. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “When I leave a tip I don’t expect it to be used to make up the minimum wage. I want it to go to the person who has served me as a thank you for their service. This is a basic issue of fairness. Tips are meant as a bonus – not a tool to boost pay to the basic minimum. “That’s why the Government has closed this legal loophole. Thanks to the... »

National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage celebrates 10th birthday

> Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today celebrated a decade of success for the National Minimum Wage and pledged tough government action to support workers’ pay rights. Now standing at £5.73 for those aged 22 and over, the minimum wage has helped millions of UK workers get an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "The minimum wage has been a huge success for 10 years and is there to help make sure that workers are treated fairly, whatever the economic climate. "We are determined to protect the rights that everyone in the UK is entitled to – this is a basic matter of fairness and helps ensure a level playing field for business. "Before it was introduced, there was no limit on how little employees cou... »

New Regulations spark Red Tape concern

A raft of new business regulations introduced on 1 October will create more red tape for small firms, business groups have warned. New rules brought in on the October ‘common commencement date’ — one of two days in the year when government departments introduce new business regulations at the same time — included amendments to health and safety legislation, company law and consumer protection. One of the biggest changes is the increase in the national minimum wage, which rose from £5.52 to £5.73 an hour for an adult aged 22 and over. For workers aged 18 to 21, the rate increased from £4.60 per hour to £4.77 per hour. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) called the minimum wage rises “modest and sensible” but pointed out that man... »

Remember: Today the National Minimum Wage Increases

UK Small Business owners should be aware that the National Minimum Wage increases with effect from today. In addition to your full-time staff you need to include home-workers, part-timers, casual workers, agency staff and employees on short-term contracts. Exceptions to the wage include apprentices, the self-employed, voluntary and Job Centre Plus Work Trial workers. The national minimum wage, previously set at £5.52 an hour, is now £5.73 an hour. This is the main adult rate, for workers aged 22 and over. The development rate of the minimum wage for 18-21 year olds, has increased from £4.60 an hour to £4.77 an hour. The development rate for 16-17 year olds is up from £3.40 an hour to £3.53 an hour. The accomodation offset rises to £31.22 a week (or... »

Employers plan October Maternity Extension

Employment consultants Croner Consulting has urged employers affected by 5 October 2008 changes to maternity leave benefits to make plans now. As announced earlier this year, female employees expecting a child on or after 5 October this year will be entitled to non–cash benefits throughout both ordinary maternity leave and additional maternity leave. The employee will now be entitled to any non–cash benefits named in their contract, such as the accrual of annual leave and use of their company car, for the full 52 weeks of maternity leave. This comprises the 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and the subsequent 26 weeks, which make up additional maternity leave. Currently, employees on maternity leave only receive their non–cash benefits throughout the 26 weeks of ordina... »

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