The government has announced a change in the National Minimum Wage
legislation from October which will prevent waiters' tips counting towards the minimum. The current position is that an employer may pass all tips through its payroll such that the total amount received by the employee goes to satisfy the employee's entitlement to National Minimum Wage
There are also some reports that the government may extend entitlement to the full rate to 21 year olds. This will be subject to advice from the Low Pay Commission and consultation.
The current rates of the National Minimum Wage are:
- £5.52 per hour for workers aged 22 years and older
- A development rate of £4.60 per hour for workers aged 18-21 inclusive
- £3.40 per hour for all workers under the age of 18, who are no longer of compulsory school age.
These limits are reviewed annually. The new rates from 1st October 2008 will be:
- £5.73 per hour for workers aged 22 years and older
- A development rate of £4.77 per hour for workers aged 18-21 inclusive
- £3.53 per hour for all workers under the age of 18, who are no longer of compulsory school age.
The application of the National Minimum Wage legislation can be legally complex, especially when combined with the right not to suffer unlawful deductions from wages, and workers' right to holiday pay. New Walk Chambers' employment specialists can help.
Written by Joseph Neville, Barrister at New Walk Chambers specialising in Employment Law.