National minimum wage

Susie MunroEditor's message: Employers must pay all eligible workers at least the appropriate rate of the national minimum wage. The appropriate rate generally depends on the age of the worker, although a separate rate applies for some apprentices.

The level of the minimum wage is reviewed each year, with the new rates traditionally taking effect on 1 October. From April 2017, the national minimum wage will be uprated on the same date as the national living wage.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy publicises cases where employers have deliberately breached the national minimum wage laws. Employers should regularly check that they are paying the minimum wage to all eligible workers.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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