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Worker Rate Changes 2017

Many of us will have been busy enjoying the long Easter break and the last thing that will be on anyone’s mind is whether payroll information relating to hourly rates has been submitted or processed to the relevant department. So we thought we would send everyone a reminder that as of the 1 April 2017 National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Living Wage rates changed. Please make sure that you have updated your payroll so that your workers get paid their legal entitlement. 

If your workers are 25 years old or over and not in their first year of an apprenticeship they are legally entitled to at least the National Living Wage, which went up from £7.20phr to £7.50.

For those who are under 25 years old or an apprentice they are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.  For more information about the varying rates of pay that workers are legally entitled to please refer to our Rates Table. 

The Government’s Check your Pay Campaign outlines some areas which might cause you to miscalculate workers’ pay and lists the common mistakes, which include – tips being counted as part of their pay, being paid while travelling for work, working overtime, deductions for cost of work wear or tools, when they start early or leave late and are not being paid for this time and if they have had a birthday recently.  

If you are stuck and just need some clarification we would be happy to help and offer you a legal audit, please call us now on 01133 50 40 30 or email hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and dispute resolution practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

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