Minimum Wage Regulation

Aileen McColgan

in Just Wages for Women

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198265887
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682995 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Minimum Wage Regulation

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In order to consider the potential impact on the gender-pay gap of a minimum wage regulation approach, this chapter looks at the position in a number of European countries which operate some form of minimum wage regulation, and then examines the various minimum wage fixing mechanisms which have operated in the United Kingdom. Minimum wage regulation can have a significant impact both upon the levels of wage dispersion in general and, in particular, on women’s wages. The approach adopted in the United Kingdom, both in terms of the various fair wages clauses and the statutory minimum wage, was far too narrow to impact significantly on economy-wide levels of wage dispersion and gender-pay gap.

Keywords: gender-pay gap; minimum wage; wage law; equal pay

Chapter.  18591 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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