United Kingdom -Poor enforcement of statutory minimum wage -December 03, 2013

Only 2 employers in 4 years have been prosecuted for paying below the national minimum wage despite more than 300,000 people in the UK earning less, a report reveals. The revenue and customs institution HMRC has investigated 10,777 firms since 2009 for allegedly breaking the law on low pay, collecting £15.8m in arrears payments and imposing £2.1m in fines. However, only a couple of firms have been prosecuted, and despite ministers' repeated pledges, only one has ever been named and shamed. A report from the Centre for London and the Trust for London, Settle For Nothing Less, which uses unpublished data, says the figures point to a ‘systemic failure’ in the way the national minimum wage is policed.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/03/minimum-wage-poorly-policed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25189755

Focus on the report Settle For Nothing Less: http://centreforlondon.org/wp-content ...  

 

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