Pay the NMW - no excuses
The government has revealed ten of the most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous business owners who have been found to have underpaid workers the NMW.
These employers used excuses such as 'only wanting to pay staff when there are customers to serve and believing it was acceptable to underpay workers until they had 'proved' themselves'.
The government has launched an awareness campaign to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum ahead of the NMW and NLW increases on 1 April 2017.
Employers need to ensure they are paying their employees at least the NMW and NLW.
This will be the second increase in six months for the NMW rates. Going forward the NMW and NLW rates will both be reviewed annually in April.
In a recent article in the Employer Bulletin, HMRC cite common errors:
What are the penalties for non-compliance?
The penalties imposed on employers that are in breach of the minimum wage legislation are 200% of arrears owed to workers. The maximum penalty is £20,000 per worker. The penalty is reduced by 50% if the unpaid wages and the penalty are paid within 14 days. HMRC also name and shame employers who are penalised.
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Internet link: GOV.UK NMW news