With Easter fast approaching, don’t forget that new rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) are coming into force from 1 April 2024.

They are…

National Living Wage (21 and over): £11.44 per hour

18-20 rate: £8.60 per hour

16-17 rate: £6.40 per hour

Apprentice rate: £6.40 per hour

Accommodation offset: £9.99 per day

There is also going to be a change to the NMW exemptions so that, from 1 April 2024, employees who carry out domestic work while living with their employer will become entitled to the minimum wage.

Previously, live-in domestic workers were exempt if they were not members of the family but were ‘treated as such, in particular as regards …. the provision of living accommodation and meals and the sharing of tasks and leisure activities’.

This exemption will now be removed.

This might mean employers have less to spend on Easter eggs and bonnets this year but it’s a price worth paying to stay on the right side of the law!