Anna Dannreuther co-chaired a 7-member working group from the Employment Lawyers Association to respond to the Low Pay Commission’s Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage Rates.
The group’s response highlights various technical issues relating to national minimum wage compliance and enforcement, and pressing issues resulting from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Royal Society Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake case relating to the home worker exemption.
The response also discusses the unique economic working conditions at present, including the impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. These conditions have led to a perceived increasing tension between workers and employers on the national minimum wage and national living wage rates.
Many low-paid workers have been on the frontline providing critical services during the pandemic, yet are not paid in line with the actual real living wage.
Employers, on the other hand, have had to bear large unanticipated costs associated with the pandemic and are currently suffering from the effects of Brexit and the pandemic in terms of staff shortages and recruitment and retention issues. Many are concerned they will be unable to afford rising national minimum wage and national living wage costs.
Anna co-chaired the Consultation response with Emma Burrows, a partner and head of the Trowers & Hamlins’ Employment department.
About the Employment Lawyers Association
The Employment Lawyers Association is made up of about 6,000 lawyers who practise in the field of employment law. Members include those who represent claimants and respondents/defendants in the courts and employment tribunals and who advise both employees and employers.