Charlie Oakham
2 minutes length
Posted: 18th January 2017

Businesses Risk Minimum Wage Fines As April Approaches

UK businesses risk being caught out as the National Minimum Wage approaches its second compulsory rise in six months this April.

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The Government now has powers to fine businesses up to 200% of the wages owed, with a minimum payment of £100 per worker, if they are found to be paying less than the minimum wage. Additionally, should a company be found to be paying below this amount, the company director risks being banned for up to 15 years.

Over the past year, 58,000 workers were recorded as being owed wages by their employers, more than doubling the 26,000 recorded in 2014-15.

Some of the more well-known companies to be named as not paying employees the correct amount include Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, Monsoon and Accessorize.

From April 1st 2017, the National Minumum Wage bands are as followed:

25 and over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18Apprentice
    £7.50   £7.05     £5.60    £4.05£3.50


The rate for workers aged 25 and over is referred to as the national living wage (NLW), and is currently at a rate of £7.20, rising by 30p per hour from April.

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