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Happy Birthday!

No it's not my birthday, not yet.

The National Minimum Wage is 10years old.  Being some 30 years older I remember the fuss when it was introduced.  The unfortunate thing is that it was, indeed still is, necessary.  Unscrupulous employers were not paying a fair wage for a fair job.  The downside is that some employees end up being paid a fair wage for a poor job! However there are ways to resolve such problems.

Current minimum wage rates are £5.73 an hour for those aged 22 and over, £4.77 for those aged 18 to 21, and £3.53 for 16 and 17-year-olds.  These are subject to change each October.

Annual Leave

As of 1st April 2009 all employees will become entitled to 28 days  leave each year.  This is the final step in a process which has seen the entitlement rise in recent years from 20 days each year to 28 days each year.

This may have little practical impact for many employees who previously enjoyed 20 days annual leave plus local and statutory holidays.  For most employees the statutory and local holidays when added to their 20 days will amount to at least 28 days each year.

Hopefully we can all put the extra days to good use.

Equal Pay - Sex Discrimination

In the five years to 2008 there was a ten-fold increase in the number of equal pay claims being made in the UK.  This is a sign that employees are perhaps more aware of their rights than previously.

Previous research indicated that only about 1 in 10 women with valid sex discrimination claims enforced their rights.

Workers encouraged by employer's higher salary?

Research in Denmark suggests employees are encouraged by their employer's higher salary.  Employees apparently aspire to their employer's level of salary by working hard and seeking promotion. TM wonders whether this is a common source of inspiration for British employees....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/5011022/Low-paid-workers-happy-for-bosses-to-earn-far-more-money.html

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