Government announces new measures to ensure fair pay

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The Government has announced a series of measures to ensure that employees receive the legal minimum for the work that they do.

The measures being introduced include:

– doubling the penalties for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and the new National Living Wage
– increasing the enforcement budget
– setting up a new team in HMRC to take forward criminal prosecutions for those who deliberately do not comply
ensuring that anyone found guilty will be considered for disqualification from being a company director for up to 15 years.

Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, said:

“There is no excuse for employers flouting minimum wage rules and these announcements will ensure those who do try and cheat staff out of pay will feel the full force of the law. This one nation government is committed to making work pay and making sure hardworking people get the salary they are entitled to”.

The current national minimum wage is £6.50 an hour for over 21s, £5.13 for those aged between 18 and 20, £3.79 for those aged between 16 and 18 and an apprentice wage of £2.73 an hour.