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National Living Wage

24 March 2016

All businesses will be required to pay the National Living Wage (NLW) as of April 2016. It is expected to affect around six million workers in the UK.

The NLW is a premium added on to the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The inaugural NLW premium is 50p; this is in addition to the current NMW rate of £6.70, making a total of £7.20.

NLW will apply to all eligible workers aged 25 and over, and the amount will be reviewed each year.

Any business which fails to pay the NLW could receive a fine of between £100 and £20,000 per worker, as well as double the amount owed in arrears.

Jenny works in our employment law team. She helps clients with the full range of employment related matters including TUPE, defending tribunal proceedings, contractual matters and general employee relations and HR work. She has wide experience working for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and organisations employing in excess of 1,500 staff across the UK. 

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