Paying the National Minimum Wage

What’s your excuse? Paying the National Minimum Wage

As an employer, your legal obligations are clear when it comes to paying the National Minimum Wage. No amount of excuses will get you ‘off the hook’ for not paying this to your employees.

The Government has revealed some of the excuses for not paying both the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage. You may relate to some of the following but, hopefully, you will have made the sensible decision to not use any of these reasons as an excuse for not paying your staff at the required wage levels.

10 employer excuses for not paying the National Minimum Wage:

1.     My employee doesn’t deserve to be paid the National Minimum Wage because of their poor performance.
2.    I believe young workers must first prove their ‘worth’ to my business.
3.    I didn’t think foreign workers had the right to the National Minimum Wage.
4.    She only makes tea and sweeps the floor, so she doesn’t deserve the National Minimum Wage.
5.    My workers signed a contract to agree that I don’t have to pay them the National Minimum Wage.
6.    It’s my accountant’s fault – he speaks a different language to me, and he must not have understood what I said.
7.    My workers believe they are self-employed, and the National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to people who work for themselves.
8.    I only pay my employees when they serve a customer, not when they are just standing about. I’m not paying them for ‘stand-by’ time.
9.    As my employee is still learning, they’re not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
10.    My business is exempt from the National Minimum Wage.

Does any of the above sound familiar to you or a business you know? None of the above are valid excuses. As an employer, you do need to respect both the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage.

If this article resonates with you and you’re a worried employer, please call 01455 231982 for HR advice.


HR Legal Obligations, NMW, Unlawful Deduction of Wages, Wages

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