There have been no employers prosecuted for failure to pay workers the national minimum wage. Since the minimum wage was introduced in April 1999 the focus has been on ensuring that workers receive the minimum wage and any arrears they are due. In total, just over £28 million in arrears has been identified for workers by national minimum wage compliance teams.
HMRC are now investigating a range of cases with a view to criminal prosecution. In August 2007 and October 2007 two employers were successfully prosecuted for obstruction and for neglecting to answer any question during minimum wage investigations.