National Minimum Wage offenders named and shamed
30 July 2015
75 more employers have been named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.
Between them, the named companies owed workers over £153,000 in arrears, and span sectors including hairdressing, fashion, publishing, hospitality, health and fitness, automotive, social care, and retail.
This brings the total number of companies named and shamed under the scheme, which was introduced in October 2013, to 285 employers, with total arrears of over £788,000 and total penalties of over £325,000.
Business Minister Nick Boles said:
“As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it. When the new National Living Wage is introduced next April (2016) we will enforce robustly. This means that the hard-working people of the UK will get the pay rise they deserve.”
National Minimum Wage Campaign
To improve compliance HMRC has launched a National Minimum Wage campaign to drive voluntary behavioural change.
The campaign is an opportunity for employers to check they are paying their employees correctly and ensure any outstanding arrears are paid back to employees.
If employers tell HMRC about National Minimum Wage arrears right away, they won’t:
- have to pay a penalty (100% of amount owed, up to a maximum of £20,000 per employee)
- be named publicly on the list of employers not paying National Minimum Wage.
Go to HMRC’s National Minimum Wage campaign for full details.