Government names and shames 37 National Minimum Wage offenders
17 February 2015
These employers owe workers a total of over £177,000 between them in arrears and the financial penalties levied on them total over £51,000. The list contains one high street giant who neglected to pay £2,604.87 to 540 workers along with many more offenders.
The naming regime came into force in October 2013 and since then the government has already named 55 employers. HM Revenue & Customs’ National Minimum Wage enforcement budget is to be increased by a further £3 million in 2015/16, bringing the total to £12.2 million. The funds will go towards increasing the number of HMRC compliance officers to identify businesses that exploit their workers by neglecting to pay them the National Minimum wage. Business Minister, Jo Swinson, reiterated that paying less than the minimum wage is “illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable”.
These are the different legal rates for the National Minimum Wage:
• Adult rate (21 and over) - £6.50 per hour
• 18-20 year olds - £5.13 per hour
• 16-17 year olds - £3.79 per hour
• Apprentice rate - £2.73 per hour.
Employers have a duty to be aware of the above rates so please talk to us if you are unsure of anything.