Do employers have to pay the Living Wage rates by law?
The Living Wage is a voluntary higher rate of base pay. It provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay more than the National Minimum Wage.
Who does the Living Wage apply to?
The Living Wage applies to all staff who work regularly on your premises. The exact definition is those who work two or more hours a day for eight or more consecutive weeks of the year. The Living Wage does not apply to contractors on the supply side e.g. stationary suppliers.
It is recommended as best practice to communicate your Living Wage commitment to everyone you do business with, and encourage them to consider implementing the Living Wage.
Which ages does the Living Wage apply to?
The Living Wage applies to everyone over the age of 18.
What is the accreditation process?
The accreditation comes from the Living Wage Foundation, not from Brent Council directly. The accreditation is a signed licence between the Living Wage Foundation and the employer. In order to be accredited you must pay all your directly employed staff the Living Wage and have a plan in place for contracted staff such as catering, cleaning, security, parks or ground staff.
What is phased implementation?
Phased implementation means that the Living Wage is rolled out across third party contracts over time, as the contracts come up for renewal. These contracts are included in the licence agreement as 'milestones'. The Foundation will check in with you periodically to ensure the milestones are on track.
How long does the accreditation process take?
It varies according to the size of your organisation and according to the types of contracts you have. Some employers can sign up straight away; others may have a project of work to do to identifying which contracts are relevant and when they are due for renewal. Large organisations can often be accredited within six months.
How much does it costs to be accredited?
The cost varies according to the size of your organisation. Please see the table under the ‘Accreditation and benefits’ tab.
How can I claim my business rates discount from Brent Council?
As soon as you receive accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation, they will contact us to let us know. We will then get in contact with you to check a few details and apply the discount automatically to your business rates account. You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’ve gained accreditation.
How much is the discount?
The discount is worth five times the amount you pay to the Living Wage Foundation to become an accredited employer, which depends on the number of staff your business employs. Please see the table under the ‘Accreditation and benefits’ tab.
Are charities, voluntary and public sector organisations eligible for the discount?
Yes they are, even if they receive another business rates discount.
What other benefits will I receive when I become an accredited London Living Wage employer in Brent?
We are in the process of designing a wider package of exciting incentives to support and reward employers who choose to become accredited London Living Wage employers.
We are keen to hear from employers about the kind of useful resources for your business that you would like to see this package of incentives include. Tell us by completing this short survey, and we will take all your ideas into consideration.
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