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mildredoliphantThe Star reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has issued regulations permitting the exemption of employers who are unable to pay the national minimum wage that was passed by the National Assembly last year.  

The regulations, which came into effect on 1 January, are contained in a notice published in a government gazette in line with the new legislation.  “An exemption may be granted if the delegated authority (director-general) is satisfied that the employer cannot pay the minimum wage and if every employee representative trade union representing one or more of the affected workers has been consulted or, if there is no such trade union, the affected workers have been meaningfully consulted” Oliphant indicated.  Exemptions can be granted only from the date of application and the period of exemption may not exceed 12 months.  The exempted employer would be required to pay no less than 90% of the stipulated national minimum wage.  The director-general may withdraw the exemption if satisfied that the employer provided false or incorrect information when applying for the exemption, or if the employer’s financial position has improved.  The director-general is expected to publish an annual report detailing the number of applications made, granted and refused; the number of employers and workers subject to exemption; the withdrawal of exemptions and sectors affected.

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