ELA response to BEIS NMW consultation: salaried hours work and salary sacrifice schemes – call for volunteers

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The government is consulting on whether certain aspects of national minimum wage (NMW) legislation should be amended to ensure that they do not inadvertently penalise employers. The consultation focuses on the complex rules on "salaried hours work" and whether they effectively prevent exploitation of workers. The consultation also seeks views on the impact of the NMW rules on salary sacrifice schemes, in particular whether employers are withdrawing schemes from low-paid workers in order to avoid non-compliance with the NMW.

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our response. The working party will be chaired by Jonathan Chamberlain (Gowling WLG). The deadline for submissions 1 March 2019, so volunteers will need to have availability during January and February to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on 14 January 2019 if you are interested in being involved.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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