November 27, 2018 |
The NTF has highlighted that a number of racehorse trainers have been contacted by HMRC about paying the national minimum/national living wage, and that the “equestrian world” may be being targeted. The TBA recommends that members check that they are paying the correct rates of pay to their staff. The current rates can be found at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.
Breeders may want to check that any deduction for accommodation does not bring the wage below the statutory rates. The Government has an interactive calculator for checking if the NMW is being paid www.gov.uk/am-i-getting-minimum-wage which includes questions about the provision of accommodation.
Further guidance on pay statements and deductions from pay is available in the Members’ area of the TBA Website, along with a range of employment law guidance and template documentation.
Members also reminded that the TBA offers access to a legal advice service provided by Rachel Flynn, a solicitor with London-based Keystone Law. Rachel or her colleagues will provide TBA members referred by TBA with ‘first call’ legal advice, including ad hoc assistance where possible over the telephone. Members with a legal issue that they would like to discuss should call the TBA team at Stanstead House, who will ask Rachel to contact them within 24 hours