From April 2016, employers will need to pay staff aged 25 and over the national living wage, which will become the top rate of the national minimum wage. For those aged under 25, lower national minimum wage rates will apply. The national living wage will initially be set at £7.20. Another change concerning minimum pay is the doubling of the penalty for failure to pay staff the national minimum.
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As of May 2015, employers using so called ‘zero hours’ employment contracts are no longer able to require such staff to work exclusively for them. Any provision in a ‘zero hours’ employment contract which prohibits the worker from working for another employer, or requires the employee to first get the employer’s consent is unenforceable. This gives zero hours employees the ability to supplement their incomes by undertaking work for other employers without being in breach of the terms of their employment contract.