Employment law annual updates

posted by admin on August 22, 2018


National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

Increases in hourly rates of pay for both the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Details in the table below.

Future changes for both will take place in April of each year.


April 2018



Statutory payments – April 2018

Maternity/Paternity/Adoption  £145.18
Sick pay £92.05
Lower Earnings Threshold £116.00
National Living Wage (workers aged 25 and over) £7.83
National Minimum Wage
Workers aged 21-24 £7.38
Workers aged 18-20 £5.90
Workers ages 16-17 £4.20
Apprentice rate £3.70

Source: ACAS Employment law update 2018-2019

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HMRC crackdown on employers not paying minimum wage

posted by admin on August 21, 2018

HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs)  has more than doubled the number of underpaid workers getting the money they’re owed under the National Minimum Wage, according to latest figures.

In 2017 to 2018, investigators identified £15.6 million in pay owed to over 200,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers, this was up from £10.9 million for more than 98,000 workers the previous year.

The launch of HMRC’s online complaints service in January 2017 has contributed to the 132% increase in the number of complaints received over the last year and the amount of money HMRC has been able to recoup for those wrongly underpaid.

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