July 4 2014.

Twenty-five employers who failed to pay their staff the correct National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been “named and shamed” by the government.

The naming and shaming regime was introduced in October 2013. Between them, the firms owe workers more than £43,000 in arrears and in addition have to pay financial penalties totaling over £21,000.

The government introduced a series of measures to tackle employers that break national minimum wage law. As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage also face new penalties of up to £20,000 - four times higher than before.

The government also plans to legislate in the new parliamentary session so that employers can also be given penalties of up to £20,000 for each individual worker they have underpaid, rather than the maximum penalty applying to each employer.

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