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Employers failing to pay minimum wage named today

June 8, 2014 7:30 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

25 employers who failed to pay their workers the correct national minimum wage have been named today by Business Minister Jenny Willott.

Under the BIS scheme introduced by Vince Cable in 2011, employers can be named if they break minimum wage law. This was taken further last October when the Liberal Democrats revised this scheme to make it easier to crack down on employers who break this law.

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.

"Any worker who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. If anyone suspects they are not being paid the wage they are legally entitled to they should call the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368."

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The Liberal Democrats also plan to introduce tougher measures so that employers will 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.

The 25 employers named today were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue & Customs after workers made complaints to the free and confidential Pay and Work Rights helpline. Between them, the employees owe workers a total of over £43,000 and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £21,000.