A record 360 businesses have been named and shamed by the Government for failing to pay over 15.500 workers the correct level of National Minimum or Living wage.
The employers were required to pay back almost £1 Million in underpayments and were issued with penalty fines of almost £800.000
The government previously announced the intention of HMRC to focus on sectors prolific in underpayments, such as hospitality, retail and hairdressing. 229 employers each underpaid just one of their respective employees, showing that no case is too smnall to investigate.
Since 2016 the maximum penalty is 200% of the arrears owed, up to a maximum of £20.000 per worker (reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days)
For most companies settling the amount owed and respective fines is a severe financial cost and over the next year the government will spend over £25 Million on minimum wage enforcement.