Guernsey: Minimum Wage – Wage rate proposals for October 2010Friday, May 7th, 2010
The first Regulations to be made under the provisions of the Minimum Wage (Guernsey) Law, 2009 will be the Minimum Wage (Prescribed Rates and Qualifications) (Guernsey) Regulations, 2010. They are currently in draft form and, if approved by the States, will introduce Guernsey’s first minimum wage rates from 1 October 2010.
The Regulations make the following proposals:
- the Adult Minimum Wage Rate will be £6.00 per hour and will apply to workers aged 19 and over
- the Young Person’s Minimum Wage Rate will be £4.25 per hour and will apply to workers who are above compulsory school age and under age 19.
Apprentices will qualify for the Adult Minimum Wage Rate, irrespective of their age, when they have served at least 12 months in aggregate in their current apprenticeship.
Commerce and Employment Department is also to make Regulations that will introduce a statutory amount for Accommodation, or Accommodation and Food, which sets a maximum figure which can be ‘offset’ against any calculation to determine whether or not an employee or worker has been paid the minimum wage. The offsets will be
- where Accommodation only is provided – £60 per week or £8.57 per day
- where Accommodation and Food is provided – £85 per week or £12.14 per day
If the Regulation setting the minimum wage rates is approved, the Employment Relations Service at Commerce and Employment will be arranging a series of seminars to explain to employer and employee groups the requirements of the Law and the compliance and enforcement provisions. Details of the Seminars will be published in the media and on the Employment Relations Service website.
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