Are you paying at least the national minimum wage?

The Government is getting tough on employers who pay their people below the national minimum wage.

Not only have fines increased to up to £20,000 per offence, but the Government has begun publishing the details of offenders in a bid to name and shame them.

The 25 businesses cited in June included a hairdresser, a school, construction and cleaning companies, hoteliers, a heating services company and a pub. Most  were small businesses, but HSS Hire is a  household name recognised by many.

The reasons for their underpayments are not given, but it is reasonable to assume that at least some of them were unaware of the law or had not kept up with the latest rates.

Neither of these excuses provides any defence if you are prosecuted.

Check to see where you stand

You can find the latest national minimum wage rates at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

These are regularly reviewed and the next increase will come into effect on October 1st 2014. You must be ready to pay the new rate from that date.

Remember, the rates are age-related, so if you employ younger people, make sure your adjust their pay when they reach the relevant thresholds.

Similarly, keep an eye on what you pay any apprentices. Unless they are in their first year those aged 19 or over are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age band.

Have you been underpaying?

If so, the best advice is to rectify the mistake as quickly as possible by making payments to cover the underpayments and making sure the correct rate is paid in future.


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