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More employers named for not paying NMW

Another 37 employers have been named by the Government for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage (NMW).

Since the naming regime came into operation in October 2013, some 55 employers have already been named. Between them they faced total arrears of £139,000 and penalties of over £60,000.

The latest batch of 37 owes £177,000 in arrears and penalties of more than £51,000.

Under the naming scheme, the Government can name employers that have been issued with a 'Notice of Underpayment', unless they meet certain exceptions or have arrears of £100 or less.

'Illegal and immoral'

The Government is increasing its enforcement budget by £3 million in the next financial year, taking the total to £12.2 million, which will go towards employing more HM Revenue and Customs compliance officers.

Business minister Jo Swinson said, 'Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable.

'If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them.

'As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage face penalties of up to £20,000.

'We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer.'

Acas publications and services

Acas can help you get it right when it comes to dealing with the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and help you understand your obligations surrounding pay and contracts. See Pay and reward: how Acas can help for more information or call the customer services team on 0300 123 1150.

Practical training is also available on Contracts and terms and conditions, and for new employers, Employing People – A Practical Introduction.

For free, impartial advice on any employment relations issue, call the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100, or consult Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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