Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara welcomes action to stop tips counting towards the National Minimum Wage

Nat Min Wage2Barbara has welcomed an announcement by the Government that it intends to change the current minimum wage rules to stop employers using tips to top up the National Minimum Wage.

In April 2009 tough new penalties for employers who underpay their staff will come into force. There could be unlimited fines for the most serious cases rather than the current maximum limit of £5,000 and Minimum Wage arrears will be calculated more fairly to ensure workers do not lose out.

Barbara said:

"This is a matter of fairness and common sense. When you go to a restaurant or hairdressers and you leave a tip, you expect it to go to the staff on top of their pay, not to be put through the payroll to make up the Minimum Wage.

“I supported and voted for the recent Employment Act because I wanted to see tougher action on rogue employers who exploit their staff. If any of my constituents believe a rogue employer is using their tips to top up the National Minimum Wage they should call the specialist helpline on 0845 6000 678 and provide details. They can do this anonymously if they wish. “

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