Editor's message: The national minimum wage has been a key policy area for successive governments since its introduction in 1999, with the current Conservative administration committing to future increases that it says will see the wages of the lowest paid increase "faster than average".
The national minimum wage is enforced through a combination of financial penalties for non-payment and a policy of "naming and shaming" - the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy publicises cases where employers have deliberately breached the national minimum wage laws.
Even if the rates that you pay appear to be significantly higher than the national minimum wage, you should still check that you are not inadvertently breaching the law. Be aware, for example, that a salary-sacrifice arrangement might bring an employee's pay below the relevant national minimum wage rate.
The level of the minimum wage is reviewed each year. This year, the rates increased on 1 April, rather than 1 October as was previously the case. Uprating will take place on 1 April each year from now on.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Workers aged under 25 are missing out on up to nearly £6,300 per year because they're not entitled to the national living wage, according to the Young Women's Trust.
Updated to reflect that the Government has published its national minimum wage Low Pay Commission remit.
With an estimated one in eight workers living in poverty and many employees feeling the squeeze of below-inflation pay awards, how can HR support them to make the best of their money, asks Steve Herbert?
Earlier this year it was reported that John Lewis set aside £36 million to compensate for a potential national minimum wage breach. As the Government releases its latest list of organisations owing wages, how can employers avoid the same trap? Fiona Rushforth and Katie Whitford of law firm Wedlake Bell explain.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published its latest list of employers that have failed to comply with national minimum wage laws, with a record £1.9 million to be handed out in compensation for loss of pay.
Certain self-employed workers should be paid the minimum wage, according to recommendations by the Resolution Foundation.
Kirsti Laird is senior associate at Charles Russell Speechlys. She rounds up the latest rulings.
Even though the national minimum wage has been with us for over 18 years, some employers - including household names - still manage to break the rules and receive some quite embarrassing publicity as a result.
The Low Pay Commission consults on the national minimum wage to assist it in compiling its report for the Government on future upratings of the national minimum wage.
In this week's podcast, we explain the basics of the national minimum wage and highlight some of the pitfalls for employers.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the national minimum wage.