Category Archives: Workers’ rights

Penny pinching: enforcement (or not) of the minimum wage

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” So said the 18th century clever clogs, Benjamin Franklin. Allegedly. Maybe. OK, it seems he probably didn’t say it. But, if he did, we could justly consider Franklin to be an astonishingly far-sighted … Continue reading

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ET claims: the new normal

So, with today’s publication by the Ministry of Injustice of the latest set of quarterly tribunal statistics, giving us five full months’ worth of ET claim/case statistics since the Supreme Court did the High Court’s job for it and ruled … Continue reading

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Honey, I shrunk the NMW arrears

As noted previously [Shurely ‘tediously’? Ed] on this blog, Tory ministers have not been slow to crow about their apparent success in fortifying HMRC’s enforcement of the national minimum wage (NMW) in recent years. In April 2016, the then business … Continue reading

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Mind the (Gender Pay) Gap

While I don’t suppose it will protect me from accusations of ‘mansplaining’, I am going to preface this blog with two pre-emptive statements. Firstly, I am wholly committed to eliminating sex discrimination in the workplace, unequal pay, and the gender … Continue reading

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NMW enforcement: 500% of nothing is still nothing

On 28 December, as I was travelling to Wet Wales for New Year, Sarah O’Connor of the Financial Times – surely the best employment correspondent of recent years, who has now moved on to a wider investigative brief – reported … Continue reading

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Minimum wage, minimum shame?

On 8 December, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named & shamed another 260 employers for non-compliance with the national minimum wage. Inevitably, press and media coverage of this round of naming & shaming – the 13th … Continue reading

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Wish you were here, Minister

Batting for the ‘have nots’ rather than the ‘haves’, lefty policy wonks like me don’t get to claim many policy wins – we spend most of our professional lives banging our world-weary heads against very well constructed brick walls. I … Continue reading

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