Government campaign on workers wage rights – #CheckYourPay

The Government launched a February 2017 campaign to raise workers’ knowledge of their rights, ahead of the National Minimum and National Living Wage rates rise in April 2017.

It comes as a new poll for the Government showed many people in low paid work were confused about when they should be paid and what deductions from their pay packets can legally be made.

The poll of more than 1,400 workers earning less than £15,000 found:

  • 69% didn’t know they should be paid for travel time between appointments
  • 57% didn’t know having money deducted from their wages to cover the costs of their uniform is unlawful if it takes their earnings under the National Minimum or National Living Wage
  • 48% didn’t know that tips can’t be used to top up pay to the legal minimum

Jennie Granger, Director General for Customer Compliance at HMRC, said: “Paying the National Minimum Wage is the law – it’s not a choice. Employers must pay their workers what they’re entitled to and follow the rules.”

Find out more at the Check Your Pay website.

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