Wednesday 11 January 2017

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have announced a new 1.7m awareness campaign to help ensure workers know how much they are entitled to after investigators from HMRC have revealed some of the worst excuses given to them by employers caught out for underpaying staff: GOV.UK - Revealed: most bizarre excuses for underpaying staff the National Minimum Wage.

Acas supports the new Government awareness campaign for the national minimum and living wage.

Acas Head of Guidance Stewart Gee said:

"We welcome this new Government awareness campaign as there are no good excuses for not paying staff what they are legally entitled to.

"Employers are breaking the law if they don't pay the national minimum wage and businesses face a maximum fine of £20,000 per worker for not paying the national living wage. Failure to pay the national living wage could also result in a company director being banned for up to 15 years.

"Acas has free advice for both employers and employees on the correct national minimum wage rates and advice for workers on what they can do if they feel that they are not being paid correctly: www.acas.org.uk/nmw."


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