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When can a person's pay be lower than the standard minimum wage?

Minimum wage restrictions2:40

"When can a person's pay be lower than the standard minimum wage?"

If you tried to set a person's pay rate to lower than the standard minimum wage, you'll get a warning.

To turn off a pay batch's pay rate warning, and set a person's pay to lower than your country's standard minimum wage:

  1. First, select the person on: "Menu", then "People"
  2. Then tap: "Pay", then "Pay settings"
  3. On their: "Rate amount", tap the "Edit" button:
  4. Then set their "Rate amount" to an amount that's deliberately lower than the standard minimum wage.
  5. Next, tap: Save
  6. You'll now see the minimum wage warning that stops a person's pay rate from being too low.
  7. The warning also includes the minimum amount you'd normally need to pay the person.
  8. Sometimes, but rarely, there's a few situations where you need to pay a person lower than the standard minimum wage.
  9. To pay a person lower than your country's standard minimum wage, tap the blue link (at the bottom of the warning).
  10. And turn on: "Ignore all min. wage restrictions"
  11. Once you turn it on, it auto-saves.
  12. Now, back on their: "Rate amount", tap the "Edit" button:
  13. And you can now set their pay to a rate that's lower than the standard minimum wage.
  14. Now, when you tap Save, there's no warning any more, even though it's lower than minimum wage.
  15. Alternatively, the other way to go to the "ignore minimum wage" setting is to select the pay batch the person belongs to, on: "Menu", then "Pay batches"
  16. Then tap: "Settings", then "Advanced"
  17. Then scroll down and turn on: "Ignore all min. wage restrictions"
  18. And finally, with it turned on, you can now set a lower than minimum wage rate for anyone in the pay batch.

Keep in mind that:

  • When setting a low wage, always confirm that you're legally allowed to pay lower than minimum wage.
  • There's only a few specific cases where it may be allowed, including...
  • Self-employed people,
  • Company directors,
  • Volunteers,
  • And a few more.

To learn more:

And that's it! That's everything you need to know about minimum wage restrictions!

Updated: Thu, Oct 19, 2023.

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