Expert advice on the Minimum Wage

By: Zoe Larkin

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If you’re confused about the minimum wage rules and how they affect your business, our experts are here to help. We provide:

  • Effective and up to date help with Irish minimum wage legislation.
  • Expert advice on all your staff pay issues.

Here to help you make sense of the minimum wage

The Irish National Minimum Wage (NMW) is €10.10 per hour (as of February 1st, 2020). This is set to increase to €10.20 from January 1st, 2021.

At Employers Direct, we know that increases to the minimum wage can create HR issues for your business, an added headache during the coronavirus crisis. For example, employees often request an increase in their wage on the basis that they’re now earning in or around the minimum wage whereas previously they had been earning above the old minimum rate. Whilst the National Minimum Wage Act specifically states that employees are not entitled to a pay increase in such circumstances, it doesn’t stop the matter becoming a grievance or industrial relations issue.

Alternatively, employers may need to seek pay cuts from those earning above any new minimum wage level ─ a common occurrence as employers battle the impact of coronavirus on their business. Whatever issue you’re facing, our experts are on hand to provide professional employment law and HR support for your business.

With any increase to the minimum wage, as an employer, you may also wish to tighten up your performance management processes to ensure that you’re getting the most from your employees and accordingly are getting the most bang for your buck. In this case, we can help you ensure that you have contracts of employment in a place that work for you.

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Getting employee pay right for your business

Regardless of COVID-19, employment law and HR legislation is constantly changing. That can make it hard to keep up with the right way to calculate pay for your workforce. That’s why more and more businesses rely on Employers Direct. We’ve more than 30 years’ experience when it comes to looking after businesses just like yours throughout Ireland. You can trust our fully qualified experts for practical guidance that always takes into account the very latest rules and regulations.

For free advice on the minimum wage, call Employers Direct now on 0818 130 024.