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News - 9 June 2014

Government names employers who fail to pay minimum wage

 The government has published the names and details of 25 employers who have failed to pay their employees the minimum wage under the new regime introduced last October 2013. Between them they owe workers more than £43,000 in arrears and in addition have to pay financial penalties totalling over £21,000.

 
Business Minister Jenny Willott said:
“Paying less than the minimum wage is not only wrong, it’s illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences.”
 
Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The government has introduced a series of tougher measures to crack down on employers that break National Minimum Wage law. As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage also face new penalties of up to £20,000, which is four times higher than before.”
 
The government also plans to legislate in the new parliamentary session so that employers can also be given penalties of up to £20,000 for each individual worker they have underpaid, rather than the maximum penalty applying to each employer. This will mean if an employer underpays 10 workers, they could face penalties of up to £200,000.
 
The 25 cases named were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue & Customs after workers made complaints to the free and confidential Pay and Work Rights helpline.
 
The government has announced the following rates will come into effect on 1 October 2014:
  • a 19p (3%) increase in the adult rate (from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour)
  • a 10p (2%) increase in the rate for 18-20 year olds (from £5.03 to £5.13per hour)
  • a 7p (2%) increase in the rate for 16-17 year olds (from £3.72 to £3.79 per hour)
  • a 5p (2%) increase in the rate for apprentices (from £2.68 to £2.73 per hour)
 
If you need any help and advice with your PAYE, RTI or CIS, or looking to outsource your Payroll Department, contact ABDS NOW to discuss how we can help.
 
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