HMRC fine record number of employers failing to pay National Minimum Wage

The number of workers identified as having been underpaid was double that in 2016/17, new figures reveal.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which published the report, said it has this year identified the highest number of underpaid workers since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
The figures show that a record £15.6 million of underpaid wages had been identified for more than 200,000 workers in the year to April 2018.
As part of its record crackdown, more than 600 employers have also been ‘named and shamed’ and fined an ‘unprecedented’ £14 million for failing to meet their legal obligations.
Employers who fail to pay the legal minimum wage have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker and face financial penalties of up to 200 per cent of arrears.
The tax office said the social care, retail, commercial warehousing and gig economy sectors were among the worst offenders for failing to pay the NMW.
Commenting on the report, Penny Ciniewicz, HMRC Director General of Customer Compliance, said: “HMRC is committed to ensuring that workers receive the wages they are legally entitled to, irrespective of their employer’s size or business sector, and today’s figures highlight our success over the last year.
“If anyone thinks they are not receiving at least the minimum wage, they can contact the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100 in confidence or submit a query online through our complaints form.”
Low Pay Commission Chairman Bryan Sanderson added: “All workers are entitled to be paid at least the minimum wage, so it is good to see increased focus on enforcement bearing fruit and securing more arrears for more workers.”
In April, the NMW increased to £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over.

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