New bite sized webinars for National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

09 October 2018

Underpayment of National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) can result from errors made unwittingly by employers.


In a new series of bite sized webinars HMRC aim to help you avoid those errors. The first three in the series, each under 10 minutes long, cover a particular type of error.

  • In Interns, Work Placements and the NMW, clarity is provided around what has, in the past, been a confusing area for some employers. Just by calling a worker ‘unpaid’ or ‘a volunteer’, even if the individual agrees to this, doesn’t prevent them from qualifying for the minimum wage if they are entitled.

  • Apprentices and the NMW outlines the correct approach to be taken when applying the apprenticeship rate of pay. It’s not enough to just call somebody an apprentice. Apprenticeships must equip a worker with the skills and ability to enable them to do a trade. Did you know that workers who are 19 or over and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the higher minimum wage rate for their age?

  • Payments, Deductions and the NMW explains the deductions an employer makes from a worker’s pay, or payments made by a worker to their employer, that reduce pay for minimum wage purposes. It also covers statutory deductions.


Each of the short presentations aims to make it easier for employers to understand their minimum wage obligations.

These bite sized webinars come highly recommended.