Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (115)

Finian McGrath


115. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will clarify the guidelines on the minimum wage for those under 18 years (details supplied). [29486/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000, employers are permitted to pay employees who are under 18 years of age, first-time job entrants, or those undergoing structured training, specified rates of pay which are less than the rate per hour for an experienced adult worker set out in the act.

In the case of a person under the age of 18 years, Section 14(b) of the Act provides that a rate of not less than 70% of the adult rate (€5.35) must be paid. From 1 July, 2007 the adult rate has been set at €8.65 per hour, with the exception of the period 1 February, 2011 to 1 July, 2011, when it was reduced to €7.65.

Further information and assistance is available from the Workplace Relations Customer Services who can advise on the particular circumstances of your constituent’s rights for the period she was working and the options available should she wish to make a complaint.

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