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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 1999): Minimum Wage - UK

MINIMUM WAGE LAW GETS SIR HUMPHREY CONFUSED

People Management, vol.5, 6th May 1999, p.28

Reports on a disagreement between the Cabinet Office and the Public and Commercial Services Union on the length of the working year. The Cabinet Office says the working year is 52 weeks, while the PCS insists it is 52.2 weeks long taking leap years into account. A working year of 52.2 weeks would add £30.00 to the salary of a worker on the basic hourly rate of £3.60.

SMALL BUSINESSES 'KEEPING TO WAGE LAW'

R. Taylor
Financial Times, May 24th 1999, p.1

Results of an independent survey by the Federation of Small Businesses show that most small companies are paying their employees an average of £4.69 per hour, well above the £3.60 per hour statutory minimum wage.

THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

G. Moon
Legal Action, May 1999, p.23-25

Explains the key issues contained in the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and its related regulations, which are designed to cover the multitude of different payment systems and situations in the UK.

THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE: FURTHER REFLECTIONS

G. S. Bain
Employee Relations, vol.21, 1999, p.15-25

Article sets the minimum wage in context by outlining the background to its introduction, highlights the Law Pay Commission's main recommendations and the government's response to them, discusses the level of the National Minimum Wage and the treatment of young workers and, finally, describes the future role of the Commission.

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