BIS has published its updated policy on enforcement of the national minimum wage, which includes the revised scheme for naming and shaming employers issued with an underpayment notice (even where the breach is small and inadvertent), and the new system of increased financial penalties of up to £20,000 for the most serious cases. Employers may wish to review their payment of atypical workers such as interns, apprentices and directors given the potential to be named even for accidental underpayment.
The Government has also announced changes to the national minimum wage rates with effect from 1 October 2014. The hourly rate for workers aged 21 and over will increase to £6.50, that for workers aged 18-20 will be £5.13, for workers aged 16 and 17 £3.79 and for apprentices £2.73. The accommodation offset will rise to £5.08 a day.