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Employers who flout minimum wage laws to be 'named and shamed'

 

Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage to their staff will be 'named and shamed', under new rules coming into effect from October.

 

Under the National Minimum Wage regulations, employers must pay their employees a minimum amount per hour, as defined by law.

 

The main adult rate of the national minimum wage is £6.19 an hour for those aged 21 and over, and this will rise to £6.31 an hour from 1 October 2013.

 

Currently, only employers who owe their workers a total of at least £2,000, with an average amount of at least £500 owed to each worker, can be publicly named.

However, the Government now plans to remove these limits.

 

According to the TUC, as many as 250,000 people may be receiving less the minimum wage.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson said, 'This gives a clear warning to rogue employers who ignore the rules, that they will face reputational consequences as well as a fine if they don't pay the minimum wage'.