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Minimum Wage: Arrears

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 118376, tabled on 8 December 2017

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the 260 employers named by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for non-compliance with the national minimum wage on 8 December 2017 identified further arrears, not included in the sum of arrears for which they were named, under the self-correction mechanism introduced by HM Revenue and Customs in 2015; what the combined total was of such further, self-corrected arrears; and to how many workers such arrears were owed.

Answered on

18 December 2017

The government are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum and National Living Wage (NMW) receives it. Anyone who feels they have been underpaid NMW should contact the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100. HMRC review all complaints that are referred to them.

Of the 260 employers named on 8 December 2017, 39 employers were instructed to self-correct further arrears. The further arrears identified came to a total of £1,011,190 which was owed to 21,495 workers.

HMRC always takes action to ensure workers receive what they are entitled to, and has robust assurance processes in place to make sure that all employers fully repay their workers. If HMRC believes that the employer has not self-corrected completely, or becomes aware of another NMW risk, the employer will be investigated again.

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