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New rates for minimum wage
EMPLOYERS in York are being reminded about the introduction of new Minimum Wage rates tomorrow.
Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is highlighting the need to note the change following 500 tribunal claims last year concerning failure to adopt the National Minimum Wage.
The new minimum wage rates for workers, due to come into force tomorrow, are:
• £6.31 for people aged 21 years and over;
• £5.03 for people aged 18 to 20 years old;
• £3.72 for people aged 16 to 17 years old;
• £2.68 for apprentices under 19; and
• £2.68 for apprentices 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.
Nick Dover, director of Acas Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The Impact of the National Minimum Wage 2012 reported the third highest number of minimum wage jobs were in Yorkshire and Humber at 139,000 jobs.
“Employers in Yorkshire and the Humber have a legal duty to pay the national minimum wage or they risk getting prosecuted if they refuse to pay it.
“Most employers should be aware of the changes taking place from October 1 but the earlier you seek advice about any concerns you have about employee wages then the more likely you are to be able to avoid the cost, stress and time involved in an employment tribunal.”
A new change will also come into force for Agricultural and Horticultural workers in England who are employed after 1 October 2013. These new workers will be covered by the National Minimum Wage rates rather than the Agricultural Wages Order 2012.
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