National Minimum Wage – Low Pay Commission to make further proposals by February 2009Monday, July 14th, 2008
The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to prepare a further report on the National Minimum Wages (NMW). The increases recommended by the LPC in its February 2008 Report were accepted by the Government and come into force in October 2008. The next Report, due to be presented in February 2009, will recommend changes to the NMW in October 2009 and provisional changes to take effect in October 2010.
The terms of reference for the Report also asks the LPC to review the current apprentice exemptions and advise whether they are still appropriate. Currently, apprentices are not entitled to the NMW if they are under age 19 or within the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.
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