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Published 22 February 2016
DAC Beachcroft's Employment and Pensions Group has been invited to act as a 'Trusted Voice' in the Government's National Living Wage (NLW) campaign.
Working with the Cabinet Office, the team will act as spokespeople across the UK to raise awareness and provide practical advice to businesses preparing for the introduction of the new NLW, which will become law in April.
The NLW will mean people who are working, aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship will be legally entitled to a salary of at least £7.20 per hour. Employers will need to ensure they are paying their staff correctly from 1 April 2016 from which point the NLW will be enforced as strongly as the current National Minimum Wage.
DAC Beachcroft employment law experts Louise Bloomfield, Ceri Fuller, Deborah Hely, Guy Bredenkamp, Alex Lock and Simon Lambert are all taking part in the Cabinet Office's campaign, which will see their advice feature widely across a variety of governmental social media channels over the next few months.
Commenting on the appointment, Alex Lock, Partner and Head of DAC Beachcroft's national Employment and Pensions Group, said: "We were very pleased to be asked to support the Cabinet Office during its roll-out of the NLW, a vital development that is set to benefit millions of workers across the UK, the majority of whom will be women."
He added: "Employers can take this opportunity to show their staff they care by preparing early for the NLW and getting it right. Boosting wages should improve overall productivity and benefit business so early preparation will save employers time and money down the line."
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