September 4 2013.

Under new government plans, employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be more likely to be "named and shamed". The new rules are part of government efforts to toughen up enforcement of the NMW and increase compliance.

By naming employers the government hopes that bad publicity will be an additional deterrent to employers who would otherwise be tempted not to pay the NMW. Employers already face financial penalties if they fail to pay NMW.

The revised NMW scheme, which will come into effect in October 2013, will remove restrictions, making it simpler to name more employers who break the law. Originally employers had to meet one of seven criteria before they could be named including the minimum amount of NMW owed to workers had to be at least £2,000 and the average per worker at least £500 before an employer could be referred for naming. The revised scheme will remove these restrictions so that any employer who breaks minimum wage law can be named.

In 2012/13 HMRC identified 736 employers who had failed to pay the NMW leading to the recovery of £3.9m in unpaid wages for over 26,500 workers. CLICK HERE for further information.