The Minister for Employment Relations, Norman Lamb names and shames hairdresser Rita Patel for failing to pay £3,361.22 in national minimum wage to a former worker.
Mrs Patel is the first employer to be named for flouting national minimum wage law following a scheme which was introduced on 1 January 2011.
Obviously HMRC are not abusing their powers to refer cases to BIS as this is the first ‘name and shame’ case publicised. However, this case does serve as a stark reminder that employers who knowingly and deliberately flout minimum wage legislation may well receive some unwanted adverse publicity.