Introduction to Newsletter 22.07.09Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
The only news item in this week’s newsletter is the publication of consultation documents in Jersey relating to the next minimum wage increase there in April 2010. The United Kingdom, Jersey and the Isle of Man all have minimum wage legislation – only Guernsey does not. This is likely to change and last week, you may recall, we included details of a new consultation in Guernsey on the introduction of a minimum wage.
The detailed document supporting Jersey’s new consultation makes clear the differences in the minimum wage rules in these different countries. For example, from October this year, the UK has legislated to prevent tips counting towards the minimum wage. One aspect of Jersey’s consultation is whether the same restriction should be made in Jersey’s rules. The UK only allows one benefit-in-kind to be offset against the minimum wage – the provision of living accommodation – and the Low Pay Commission has declined to include any other benefits. The Isle of Man also has an accommodation offset, and Guernsey is planning an accommodation and a food offset. Jersey already offsets accommodation and food but it is interesting to see that the new consultation asks whether that should be extended to other genuine benefits, such as the provision of utilities, laundry services and uniforms.
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