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Minimum wage laws ‘encourage employers to favour younger workers’

Current minimum wage laws could be inadvertently encouraging employers to engage in age discrimination by influencing them to seek out younger candidates to take advantage of lower pay rates, parliament has been told.

The government has previously argued lower wage brackets are necessary for under-25s to gain employment, skills and experience. But speaking about her private member’s bill on Friday, Holly Lynch, Labour MP for Halifax, said this logic was flawed because employers could only benefit from the lower pay bands if they directed their recruitment efforts towards younger workers, effectively engaging in age discrimination.

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July 10, 2018

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