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National Minimum Wage Manual

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Entitlement to national minimum wage: family members

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

For pay reference periods commencing

* on or after 6 April 2015; National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, regulations 57(1) & 57(2)
* before 6 April 2015; National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, regulations 2(2)(b), 2(3) & 2(4)


A family member living at home as part of the family and helping out with family chores does not qualify for the minimum wage.

Similarly, work carried out by a family member, living at the family home of the employer and participating in the running of the family business, falls outside the national minimum wage provisions.

A limited company is a legal entity in its own right and cannot be considered to have a family, to be a member of a family or to own a family home.

See also: Friends and Neighbours (NMWM05170) and Living as Part of the Family (NMWM05180).