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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
Updated to include information on recommendations relating to the minimum wage in the Taylor review of modern working practices.
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.
Companies that want to employ people on zero hours contracts could face a hike in the minimum wage rate, the author of a review into modern working practices has proposed.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced a "real living wage" rate of £10 from 2020, far outstripping the Government's national living wage of £7.50 per hour, if Labour wins the next general election.
Updated to include the rates of the national minimum wage effective from 1 April 2017.
Updated to reflect the increase to national minimum wage rates, effective from 1 April 2017.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the national minimum wage.