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Government beats off minimum wage challenge

The Government today fought off a legal challenge against new minimum wage legislation which comes into force on New Year's Day.

Women in their twenties smash glass ceiling to reverse pay gap

British women in their twenties have smashed the glass ceiling and are now being paid more than their male counterparts – reversing the traditional "gender gap" in pay for the first time. This is the only age group for which this is true.

Coalition shelves plans to ensure restaurants pay staff their tips

Restaurants were accused yesterday of exploiting a loophole in a new law designed to ensure that staff receive the tips left by customers. In 2008, the Labour government bowed to The Independent's "fair tips" campaign by banning employers from counting tips towards the national minimum wage.

Shops urge caution on minimum wage

Retailers have urged the Government to limit next year's increase in the minimum wage to enable them to carry on creating jobs.

Minimum wage rises to £5.93 an hour

The national minimum wage will increase by 13p an hour to £5.93 today, benefiting an estimated one million mainly women workers.

Mark Steel: Voting how you want? Outrageous!

He won the leadership, according to some people, because the unions levered him in with their wily ways. The sneaky trick they used this time was to give their members a vote each, who then acted in their usual selfish fashion by voting for the candidate they preferred. So it must be time for new legislation that compels the unions to be more democratic, by making them vote for the candidate that certain newspapers prefer.

Five million people 'struggle for living wage'

More than five million people in the UK earn less than a low pay threshold, highlighting the huge level of wage inequality in the country, according to a new report today.

Pub group recruits school leavers

JD Wetherspoon unveiled plans to create 1,000 jobs for school leavers aged 16 and 17 yesterday.

Minimum wage rates to rise

The Government today confirmed increases to the national minimum wage, which will see the adult rate rise to £5.93 an hour in October.

Private homecare workers 'exploited' says union

Private homecare workers were being "exploited", effectively paid below the minimum wage and with little or no training, a leading trade union claimed today.

David Prosser: Business is better off out of politics

Outlook Senior business folk would be well-advised to think carefully before weighing into the political debate in the partisan way we have seen over the past couple of days. It is one thing to express your views, but quite another to allow yourself to be used by a political party keen to be endorsed by those with influence.

Labour to make pledge to raise minimum wage

Election manifesto may include latest drive to tackle inequality

John Denham: Tackling racism means tackling all forms of discrimination

Over the past decade, the Government has worked tirelessly to build a fairer, more equal society. A society where a person's chances and opportunities in life are determined solely by their talent and effort – not by their class, gender, religion, sexuality or race.

Tips 'still being counted towards wages'

Hospitality employers are still abusing the tips system despite Government moves to stop them being counted as part of workers' wages, a leading union claimed today.

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