Over 100 employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been named and shamed.
Between them, the 113 employers owed workers over £387,000 in arrears, and span sectors including hairdressing, retail, education, catering and social care. The cases named were thoroughly investigated by HMRC.
Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 398 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of over £1,179,000 and total penalties of over £511,000.
Business Minister, Nick Boles said:
'Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.
As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.
Next April we will introduce a new National Living Wage which will mean a £900-a-year pay rise for someone working full time on the minimum wage and we will enforce this equally robustly.'
On 1 October 2015, the main rate of the NMW rose to £6.70 per hour.
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