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Care providers urged to consult HMRC on sleep-in shifts

HMRC is offering to help social care providers who may not have paid workers a National Minimum Wage  for sleep-in shifts.

Underpaying employers in the social care sector can avoid fines of up to £20,000 per worker if they join the Government’s social care compliance scheme (SCCS).

The move comes after the court of appeal reversed a ruling on payment for sleep-in shifts last month. 

marketing | 10 April 2015

You may have heard on the news the phrase the “Living Wage” and wondered like us what it is.

The Living Wage is the amount it is estimated people need to earn to support their living costs. The amount is higher than the National Minimum Wage which by law companies have to pay.

National Minimum Wage
Sarah | 25 February 2015
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HMRC have published a further 70 employers that were found to be in breach of the National Minimum Wage Regulations.

National Minimum Wage

HMRC are reported to be keen to clamp down on the Elective Deduction Model (EDM) in a similar vein that it has with the payday by payday tax relief model that some umbrella companies used as a means of by-passing the national minimum wage legislation.

National Minimum Wage
4Dm1n | 30 September 2014

As of 1st October, the Government’s approved increase in the minimum wage will come into effect. The Low Pay Commission had set various recommendations for the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to assess. Cable accepted in full these suggestions, and the wage rises at national minimum level will work as follows:

National Minimum Wage 1st October 2015
marketing | 15 September 2015
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A new national minimum Wage (NMW) comes into force for employees from 1st October 2015.

The main adult rate (21 and over) will increase from £6.50 per hour to £6.70 per hour.

18-20 year olds will increase from £5.13 to £5.30/hr.

16-17 year olds will increase from £3.79 to £3.87/hr.

The apprentice rate has the biggest rise going from to £2.73 to £3.30/hr.

The new Living Wage doesn’t come into effect until April 2016 for workers aged over 25 and will see a rise to the minimum pay rate to £7.20 per hr.

New National Minimum Wage from October 2015
marketing | 17 March 2015

The Government have announced that the new national minimum wage (NMW) will be £6.70 from 1st October 2015 (an increase of 20 pence).

The increase of over 3% is aimed at protecting low paid workers from exploitation although critics of the NMW would argue that an increase can actually have adverse effects by putting some low paid jobs at risk. This is the biggest real term rise in the last 7 years.

Channel 4 dispatches

On Channel 4 Dispatches 19th January 2015 reporter Morland Sanders looked at lower paid workers in the UK. The episode was titled “Low Pay Britain”. It is available on catch-up for the next month.

As October kicks in, so do certain revisions inherent to the UK’s Employment Law system. We looked last month at the changes to the National Minimum Wage, so this time around Director Miles Grady takes us on a quick overview of other changes to be rolled out across the system.

National Minimum Wage

The budget announced that the National Minimum Wage will increase in October 2014. Umbrella Company employees are paid at the National Minimum Wage Rate, a reimbursement of allowable expenses and a bonus or commission based on the surplus they generate. An increase in the national minimum wage can affect lower paid contractors meaning that if they fail to generate adequate income then they may not be eligible for the whole of their tax free expenses.