Working Time Regulations and the National Minimum Wage

Are you being asked to work excessive hours?  Are you being paid less than the National Minimum Wage?

Your employer cannot force you to work more than 48 hours a week taken on average over a 17 week period.  You may choose to opt out of this rule voluntarily, but you cannot be forced to do so, and you can cancel your opt out at any time with 7 days’ notice.  You must also be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for the hours that you work.  The hourly rate is based on your age and increases each year.  There is a separate National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

At Backhouse Solicitors we are experts in employment law and can help you understand if your employer is unlawfully forcing you to work excessive hours, or paying you too little.  We will give you a free, no-obligation 30 minute appointment to discuss your case with you, and if you are not being treated properly we can take action on your behalf.  This may be a simple letter to your employer which resolves the situation, or it could be a tribunal claim for unlawfully deducted wages or unfair dismissal.  We will help you at every step including issuing your claim, preparing your case, negotiating with the other side and representing you at the employment tribunal.

The benefits for you:

  • A free 30 minute interview – you can get our initial advice for free
  • Our advice may help you to resolve the issue informally with your employer
  • If you have been underpaid, you may be able to recover the back pay from your employer

Don’t suffer an unfair wage in silence – contact us on 01245 893400 or email [email protected] to speak to one of our expert solicitors.