Those who don’t could find themselves in big trouble, according to Ashley Gurr, employment partner at law firm Kerwoods.
He said: “Employers will need to make sure they are paying their staff correctly as the National Living Wage will be enforced as strongly as the current National Minimum Wage.
“Breaches of the latter have seen firms fined thousands of pounds plus being named and shamed for all to see.”
The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and older will be £7.20 an hour, a 50p increase.
The minimum wage still applies to those aged 24 and under. The new rates from 1 April are – 21-24, £6.70 per hour, 18-21, £5.30, under 18, £3.87, and apprentices, £3.30.