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EMPLOYERS THREATENED WITH PUBLICITY OVER MINIMUM WAGE

FAILURE to pay the National Minimum Wage could lead to employers’ details being published by the UK Government.

The “naming and shaming“ scheme comes into effect in October 2013, when any employer who has failed to pay the minimum wage – currently £6.19 an hour for those over 21 – can have their details placed on an official website.

The Government has previously published online details of the name and address of the employer when the amount owed was £2000 or more, but the new rules will remove this qualification.

The wage laws are enforced by HM Revenue & Customs and between 2012 to 2013 HMRC identified 736 employers who had failed to pay the national minimum wage. They then recovered as total of £3.9 million in unpaid wages for more than 26,500 workers.

As well as publicity, employers face financial penalties for failing to pay the minimum wage. Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal. If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action.”

*The Glasgow Law Practice advises employers and employees on the National Minimum Wage. Contact ss@theglasgowlawpractice.co.uk

NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RATES

Year

21 and over

18 to 20

Under 18

Apprentice*

2013 (from 1 October)

£6.31

£5.03

£3.72

£2.68

2012 (current rate)

£6.19

£4.98

£3.68

£2.65