This comprehensive handbook provides detailed information on all aspects of the national minimum wage rules and their practical impact. The main provisions of the National Minimum Wage Act came into force in April 1999. The effect of the reforms on employers is greater than simply requiring them to pay their workers a minimum hourly rate. Areas covered include: what payments count towards an employee's wage, eg are bonuses or commission payments included?; calculating the minimum wage; changing employees' terms and conditions of employment; removing employee non-pay benefits and incentive schemes; complying with record-keeping requirements; and dealing with homeworkers, part-timers and other atypical workers.