One of the much debated topics at The AHC last month was the impact of the living wage on the hospitality sector. In the paper below, industry legal experts, Squire Patton Boggs discuss this and invite you to attend a seminar dedicated to this area.
The introduction of George Osborne’s new “national living wage” will have the greatest impact on labour-intensive sectors such as retail and hospitality which, between them, account for almost 50% of low paid workers in the UK.
With only months to go before the higher minimum wage rate for over 25 year olds takes effect, it is vital that employers in the hospitality sector look at ways to improve staff performance and
productivity to help absorb the cost and maximise the benefit of the additional investment in staff. The question is how?
On Wednesday 4 November from 5-7.30pm, the firm is bringing together a small group of senior HR, legal and finance directors from a range of hospitality and leisure businesses to explore how the sector can best respond to increases in the minimum wage rate over the next five years. They are fortunate to be joined by the Living Wage Foundation's Tess Lanning (formerly Labour's business policy adviser) who is working with several major employers to combine increases in pay with wider changes to improve operational efficiency and customer service. They will also look at some "live" case studies from businesses which have chosen to go further than the Government's statutory minimum and become a Living Wage Foundation accredited employers. In particular, the firm is delighted to welcome Megan Kennedy and Anna Parfitt, HR Leads at Oliver Bonas, who will explain why they chose to commit to the higher, voluntary Living Wage rates, their approach to its implementation, and how it fits into their longer term strategy for business success.
Hosted at Squire Patton Boggs London office, each guest will be invited to exchange and discuss their own personal views and perspectives and share in what is likely to be a very lively debate. Chatham House rules will of course apply. Please click here to register for this event.
Please contact Kirsty Tod with any enquiries.
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