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Minimum wage: What is the National Minimum Wage as drivers await landmark court ruling?

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The National Minimum and Living Wage will rise from April 2021. The Supreme Court will hand down a ruling on Uber regarding working rights today which could see thousands of drivers become entitled to minimum wage rates. But what is the National Minimum wage and how is it due to change in April?

A judgement in Uber’s Supreme Court ruling over worker’s rights was announced today.

Supreme Court justices have ruled against Uber operating companies and concluded that drivers should be classed as workers, not independent third-party contractors.

Uber drivers are currently treated as self-employed, meaning that in law they are only afforded minimal protections.

The case ruling means its drivers will be entitled to key benefits including sick pay, holiday pay and National Minimum Wage.

In a struggle over six years, Uber driver Yaseen Aslam and other claimants argued through various courts that they are entitled to key benefits and legal protections.

The case will likely have a wider impact on tens of thousands of drivers.

The company argued drivers should have no obligations to Uber and they can choose to do work as they please.

READ MORE: Uber crisis: Court rules against app with drivers to receive benefits

You must be at least school leaving age, which counts as the last Friday in June of the school year where you turn 16 to get National Minimum Wage.

Almost all workers are entitled to this payment including casual workers, part-time workers and temporary workers.

If you are self-employed or a company director, you are not entitled to this payment.

You can find a full list of those who are and are not entitled to minimum wage here.

You might be paid at a higher rate than your standard pay rate for some of the work you do including overtime, weekend work, night shifts, bank holiday shifts and longer than your contracted hours.

However, some pay does not count towards your minimum wage pay.

Your employer cannot count the following towards your minimum wage pay: tips or gratuities, service charges or cover charges from customers.

Your employer can, however, include incentive payments or bonuses as part of your basic pay.



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