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Government Names Latest National Minimum Wage Offenders

The Government has published details of more than 100 employers identified by HM Revenue and Customs as having failed to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

The ‘naming and shaming’ scheme came into effect in 2011 and was revised in October 2013. Details of HMRC’s policy for enforcing payment of the NMW, prosecutions and naming employers who fail to comply with the law can be found here.

Between them, the companies named owed workers more than £387,000 in arrears, and span sectors including hairdressing, retail, education, catering and social care.

The current NMW rates are:

  • adult rate (21 years old and over) – £6.70 per hour
  • 18- to 20-year olds – £5.30 per hour
  • 16- to 17-year olds – £3.87 per hour
  • apprentice rate – £3.30 per hour

The apprentice rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 years and those aged 19 years and over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for their age.