Minimum wage regulations get tougher

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Moves to toughen up enforcement of the national minimum wage and make it easier to name and shame rogue businesses have been unveiled by the government.

A revised scheme will come into effect in October, so that any employer who breaks minimum wage law can be named by HM Revenue

& Customs.

for naming..

Under the current arrangements, employers have to owe at least £2,000 to workers, at an average of £500 per employee, before being referred to HM Revenue and Customs for naming.

More than 730 employers were found to have failed to pay the statutory minimum in 2012/13, leading to the recovery of £3.9 million in unpaid wages for 26,500 workers.