EMPLOYERS WHO FLOUT NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE LAWS WILL BE NAMED AND SHAMED
04 October 2010
From January 2011employers who deliberately flout minimum wage laws will be publicly named under a new scheme announced by Employment Relations Minister.
Cases where employers breach the rules are to be publicised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from 1 January 2011 - giving them three months to 'put their house in order'.
The new sanction was announced as the new rates for the National Minimum Wage come into effect.
Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey said:
“Bad publicity can be a powerful weapon in the fight against employers who try to cheat their workers and their competitors. Their reputation can be badly damaged if they are seen to be flouting the law.
Responsible employers should also make themselves aware of the new rates that come into effect (1 October). The increases to the National Minimum Wage this year are appropriate for the economic climate. They will strike a balance between helping the lowest paid whilst at the same time not jeopardising their employment. The Low Pay Commission estimates that around 970,000 people stand to benefit from these increases. “