June 19 2015.

The government has increased the penalties imposed on employers that underpay their workers in breach of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation.

For pay reference periods starting on or after 26th May 2015 the basis for the maximum NMW penalty has changed from £20,000 per notice to  £20,000 per worker.

Note that NMW rates will increase from 1st October 2015, as follows;
•the adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour
•the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour
•the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour
•the apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour
•the accommodation offset increases from the current £5.08 to £5.35

Further details of the increase in NMW penalties can be found in the NMW law: enforcement policy.