National Minimum Wage - government to strengthen enforcement

The National Minimum Wage rates increased on 1 October.  Are you fully compliant?

The new hourly rates are:

The government is strengthening minimum wage enforcement. In future all employers who are found not to comply with national minimum wage rules will be publicly named and so it is vital that you get your calculations right.

To help employers with this, the government has recently produced guidance which you can access using the following link:

This guidance provides practical advice and examples to explain:
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is responsible for enforcing the minimum wage. Compliance officers may carry out inspections of employers at any time and they are under no obligation to provide reasons for an inspection. Officers have various powers to obtain information. For example, they can require you or people working for you to produce and explain records about minimum wage pay and can remove minimum wage records from your premises for copying. It is a criminal offence to obstruct a compliance officer or refuse or wilfully neglect to give information or produce documents to a compliance officer.

Whilst you might think that compliance with this legislation is straightforward, difficulties do tend to arise when calculating the entitlements of apprentices, voluntary workers and those who have accommodation provided as part of their remuneration package. If you are in any doubt about whether you are fully complying with this legislation, you should seek expert advice from an accountant and/or an employment solicitor.

Camilla Beamish