Ministers have been urged to take action on enforcing the national minimum wage, amid claims that "too many firms" incorrectly label workers as self-employed. Labour's Rachel Reeves, chairwoman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) Committee, called on the Government to bring forward legislation to ensure all workers are paid correctly. She told MPs: "Last week, yet another employment tribunal found in favour of workers getting the minimum wage and other workplace rights - in this instance at Addison Lee. "But too many firms continue to label workers as self-employed when they are not. "So when will the Government finally bring forward this long-due legislation - as the Taylor Review, as the GMB union, and as the Beis select committee have argued for - and ensure that all workers are paid the minimum wage?" New minimum wage rates from April 2019 *the £3.70 rate apples to apprentices under 19 or in their first year Business minister Kelly Tolhurst, … [Read more...] about MPs ‘must take action on enforcing national minimum wage’ amid self employed loophole
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Employers will no longer have to pay foreign workers a minimum equal to the country’s average gross salary, according to a new law passed by the Romanian Parliament to reduce the mandatory minimum pay for non-EU employees to the minimum wage. Therefore, a non-EU worker can be paid with a salary starting at RON 1,162 net, instead of at least RON 2,500 net, the average net salary in Romania. In Romania, the lowest wages are currently in hotels and restaurants – around RON 1,400 net, on average. According to the new law, foreigners coming to Romania for employment as an au pair have their right of temporary residence for work purposes lenghtened if they submit their individual part-time employment contract registered in the General Register of Employees, out of which the length of the working time does not exceed 25 hours per week and the amount of the salary is at least the level of the minimum gross national salary guaranteed in payment, calculated at the fraction of the … [Read more...] about Parliament passes law to lower mandatory minimum pay for non-EU employees to national minimum wage level
ALL workers received a pay boost when the National Living Wage was increased on April 1 - those aged 25 and over have been helped out by November's Budget. But the amount is still below the Real Living Wage, a voluntary scheme to which thousands of employers including retailers, local authorities and charities have got involved. What is the National Living Wage and when was the 2018 increase? The National Living Wage is the amount of money all employees aged over 25 are legally entitled to. It used to be known as the National Minimum Wage, but it was re-branded in 2016. The National Living Wage increased from £7.50 to £7.83 for those aged 25 and over. The 33 pence-an-hour rise was introduced on Sunday April 1, 2018. The compulsory National Living Wage was introduced in 2016. The first National Minimum Wage was set in 1998 by the Labour government. Mr Hammond is aiming to get the wage to £9 by 2020. What is the National Minimum Wage? The National Minimum Wage is … [Read more...] about What is the National Living Wage, when was the increase in 2018 and how much is the UK minimum wage for 16, 18 and 25-year-olds?
Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Wednesday that a dialogue would be launched with stakeholders for the introduction of a national minimum wage. One of the reasons this has not been made possible yet, the minister said, is high unemployment levels. “But just as we are headed to conditions of full employment we hope and we want the introduction of a national minimum wage,” she said, speaking following a meeting with the head of the Citizens’ Alliance, Giorgos Lillikas. Lillikas said that setting a minimum wage would help tackle unemployment and put a stop to the exploitation of newcomers to the labour force. He said his party would support the dialogue and will even open a new round of consultations with trade unions. Lillikas also called on the trade unions to recognise “this necessity and support the ministry in this direction”. A large percentage of the population receives very low wages, he said, and the state is forced to cover the difference … [Read more...] about Discussions on minimum wage will start, minister says
Recruitment experts claim the rise in the National Living Wage is having a detrimental impact on recruiting professional drivers. Russell Lunn, senior driving consultant at Premier Placement Services, which has offices in Newcastle and Crewe, says there is a huge shortfall of drivers. And he expects that number to continue to increase year-on-year after the National Living Wage increased by up to 33p per hour at the beginning of this month. He said: “Drivers are only getting an extra £2 to £3 an hour to drive extremely dangerous vehicles on our increasingly busy roads. “More and more drivers are coming out of the industry as they can nearly earn as much working close to home in warehouses or production environments, with far less risk to themselves and their families. “This in turn is having a further impact on the driver shortage alongside less incentives for new drivers to join the industry.” Need a new job? There are HUNDREDS of vacancies across … [Read more...] about Rise in National Living Wage sees drivers shun HGV jobs for ‘safer’ work