Monday Myth Buster: National Minimum Wage / pay

Question: As I run a food production site, my employees must wear protective wear for hygiene purposes.  Our usual work shift is 9 am to 5.30 pm, but it takes the employees approximately 15 minutes before and after their shift to put on and take off their protective wear.  Do I need to pay them for this time, even though they are not actually working on the production line?

Answer: Yes you do because that additional 30 minutes per day is time spent as part of the employees’ duties within the business. 

In addition, to the pay element, if the business were to be investigated by HMRC as regards national minimum wage payments, the first thing the inspector will ask your employees is ‘When are you required to be here and when do you leave?’.  They will then compare the answers to the hours paid and if there is any discrepancy they can issue the business with heavy penalties which include fines and naming and shaming publicly on the .gov website.

For further information on NMW please do not hesitate to contact the team at Sekoya

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