25 New Employers Named and Shamed
Are you paying your workers enough to meet the National Minimum Wage? Today (8 June 2014), a further 25 employers who failed to pay their employees the minimum wage have been named under the new regime introduced last October 2013, which makes it easier to name and shame wrongdoers. Between them they owe workers more than £43,000 in arrears and in addition have to pay financial penalties totalling over £21,000.
These only represent a small proportion (estimated at less than 1% of those breaching the legislation). No large employers are identified just small business - don’t be one of those named in the next list. Particularly employers of agricultural workers should ensure that they are paying at least the current minimum wage rates which are:
£6.31 for adults, £5.03 for 18-20 year old, £3.72 for 16-17 year old and £2.68 for apprentices.
As of 1 October 2014 the rates have changed and will apply as follows:
£6.50 for adults, £5.13 for 18-20 year old, £3.79 for those under 18 years of age and £2.73 for apprentices (under 19 years of age or those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship).