£36 million price tag for minimum wage mistake

John Lewis Partnership has found itself falling foul of minimum wage rules. The error has led them to set aside £36 million to cover potential back payments to staff who have been underpaid. The group, which runs John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, acknowledged that a payroll mistake had negatively affected those workers who […]

Minimum wage offenders named and shamed

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More than 350 businesses have been named and shamed for not paying their staff the national minimum rates.  This is the largest number of companies that has been recorded on the list since the naming and shaming approach was introduced by the government in 2013. Over 15,500 workers needed to receive back pay and nearly […]

Craziest excuses for not paying minimum wage

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HMRC investigators have exposed some of the strangest excuses used by employers not paying their staff according to National Minimum Wage rules.  Reasons include that the National Minimum Wage was not applicable to their business, workers need to prove their worth to be paid the rate or that it was acceptable to underpay foreign workers. […]

Key points from the 2016 Autumn Statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered the Autumn Statement – it will be his first and apparently his last. There weren’t too many surprises, but what changes do employers need to be aware of? 1  National Living and Minimum Wage rises As of April 2017, the National Living Wage (the rate for those aged 25 and […]

Increases to Voluntary Living Wage

The Living Wage Foundation has announced increases to the voluntary living wage rate. The current Living Wage is £8.45 an hour, up from the previous £8.25. The rate is London is higher at £9.75 an hour, up from £9.40. What do I need to know about this rate? The Living Wage Foundation sets rates with […]

Top tips for hiring young workers

Hiring Young Workers

Employers may wish to hire young workers in half-term and in the run-up to Christmas. You need to be aware, however, that special employment rules apply. Here are the top 8 things you need to be aware of when hiring a young worker – someone over the compulsory school age, but still under the age […]

Care Workers Take Legal Action Over Minimum Wage

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Seventeen care workers are taking legal action over the failure to be paid the national minimum wage. It is considered to be the largest ever legal claim against the care sector. The care workers were employed on zero hour contracts to look after elderly and disabled people in the borough of Haringey, North London for […]

Payback Time for Sports Direct

Mike Ashley can’t be enjoying life at the moment. Newcastle United have lost their first two games in the Championship. To rub salt in the wounds, Sports Direct have reportedly been ordered to pay back pay to thousands of employees following Mr Ashley’s admittance that they had not been paying National Minimum Wage. Trade union […]

Sports Direct – What Did We Learn?

Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, was given a hard time last week by the Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) select committee following allegations of employment rights abuses. Perhaps the most eye-opening statement from the man himself came when he admitted “I’m not Santa Claus!” The more worrying revelations to come out of this, however, […]

Giving with one hand and taking with the other?

National Living Wage

The National Living Wage (NLW) was introduced on 1st April 2016 and already there are concerns being raised as to how this is being implemented. On 18th April 2016, Members of Parliament criticised employers who are reportedly removing benefits, such as enhanced overtime rates and free lunches, in order to pay for the increase in […]