Age Discrimination and National Minimum Wage
The House of Commons library has produced a debate pack (ie briefing note for MPs) on the interaction between bands of the national minimum wage and age discrimination.
It is intended to inform intelligent discussion in a forthcoming Westminster Hall debate about the introduction of the National Living Wage alongside a new 21-24 year old age band, which has led to renewed interest in the rationale behind minimum wage age-banding, fears that workers over 25 would be discriminated against in favour of younger, cheaper, workers and concerns that workers aged 21-24 are now ineligible for the full minimum wage.
The rationale for minimum wage age banding has typically been that younger workers occupy a more vulnerable position in the labour market, with a greater need to acquire experience, and that if younger workers were eligible for the full minimum wage they might be priced out of the labour market.
My comment: of course, if I were to be cynical, I might say they should have thought of this before !
Daniel Barnett’s excellent summary of the impact of BREXIT on employment legislation.
The referendum vote on 23rd June was a vote of principle. The result is not technically binding on the Government, although it is inconceivable that a ‘leave’ vote would be ignored.
If we vote to leave, the Government will have to negotiate a new trading relationship with what would now be a 27 member organisation, to allow British firms to sell goods and services to EU countries without being hit by excessive tariffs and other restrictions. This process would undoubtedly take at least two years, so nothing will happen fast. And the results of those negotiations would be crucial. For example, we could follow the Norway model, giving us access to the single market but freeing us from certain EU rules on agriculture, fisheries, and home affairs. Or we could follow the Swiss model, negotiating with countries on a country by country basis. Or we can just rely on our membership of the World Trade Organisation.