New national minimum wage rates now in force

The new rates for the national minimum wage (NMW), including the national living wage, came into force on 1 April 2019. This year sees the twentieth anniversary of the NMW, which was introduced in 1999. Rates have increased by just… Read on

Addison Lee drivers were workers entitled to NMW and paid holidays

In another important ruling regarding employment status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that drivers employed by Addison Lee were not self-employed (as their contracts stated) but, were actually workers providing personal service. The tribunal was… Read on

Court of Appeal rules in “slave” domestic worker case

The national minimum wage protects workers in the UK by guaranteeing them a minimum hourly rate. Employees can resign and claim constructive dismissal in response to a serious breach of contract by their employer. So, if an employee is unaware… Read on

Employers fall foul of NMW laws over uniform requirements

The government regularly “names and shames” employers who breach national minimum wage laws by publishing a list of those who have been fined. The latest list reveals that restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays and Marriott Hotels have each been… Read on

Penny pinching employers “named and shamed”

The Government recently published the latest list of employers who have been fined for paying their staff less than the required amount under national minimum wage legislation. 16,000 workers received £1.7 million in back pay and across the UK 260… Read on

Pay rise for the lowest paid from April 2018

Don’t spend it all at once but, the national living wage and other rates of the national minimum wage are set to go up from April next year! The Chancellor announced the increases in his Autumn Budget last month. For… Read on

The Law Society recommends Employment Inspectors

On 20 June 2017, the Law Society published its recommendations “How to achieve the best working practices in the modern workplace” in response to the government’s Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy (known as the Taylor Review).… Read on

Argos forced to repay £2.4 million in wages

Argos has recently been fined £1.5 million by HMRC, and ordered to repay £2.4 million in wages.  The HMRC found that Argos had wrongly not been paying staff to attend briefings and for security checks. This failure to pay brought… Read on

New minimum wages: April 2017

The Government has announced new minimum wage rates, which be effective April 2017-2018, at which point we will report any additional changes. 25 yrs old and over: was £7.20, will be £7.50 21 – 24 years old: was £6.70, will… Read on

Minimum wage breaches: increased penalty

On 26 May 2015, the maximum penalty per notice of underpayment of the national minimum wage will be £20,000 per employee. This represents a significant increase, as the penalty used to be £20,000 per employer.  … Read on

Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on