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Employment law guide

The National Minimum Wage

All workers aged over the compulsory school leaving age (16 years old) must be paid the National Minimum Wage.

There are different rates for adult workers (aged 21 and over), workers aged 18-20, young workers (16-17), and apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Complex rules govern how the NMW is calculated, particularly for piece workers who are paid according to what they produce rather than by the hour.

The current (from 1st October 2016) rates are:

The National Living Wage

From 1st April 2016, the national living wage is £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.

Employment law help for employees

Got a problem at work? How to get help

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If you are an employee looking for help with a problem at work, please follow the link below for more information for employees and where you can find an employment law guide written specifically for employees, explaining your rights at work, how the employment tribunal system works, how the law protects you against discrimination at work, and other useful information:

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