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Minimum wage legislation to be simplified

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The Government this week laid out the duties bestowed upon the Low Pay Commission (LPC), with a view to simplifying minimum wage legislation in the future.

In writing to the LPC, the Government set out the commissions remit for 2012, during which time the LPC will continue to monitor, evaluate and review the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and its impact on UK businesses.

The LPC will also review the levels of each of the different minimum wage rates, while the Government has asked it to pay particular attention to the following:
• youth employment – including those in apprenticeships and internships;
• possibilities for simplification of the current regulations; and
• the best way to give businesses greater clarity on future levels of the NMW.

“The Government is committed to the National Minimum Wage as it provides the much needed protection for low paid workers and encourages those out of work, back into the labour market,” said Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey.

“We have asked the independent LPC to monitor the impact of the NMW, consult with employers and employees, and to make recommendations for the Government to consider next year.”

The LPC will report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by the end of February 2012.


Written by Andrew Hodges

June 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

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