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Minimum Wage: North West

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been issued to employers in the North West for paying employees at rates below the national minimum wage. (246069)

The national minimum wage (NMW) regime of enforcement activity does not include the use of fines for non-payment of national minimum wage. In January 2007, the DTI published the NMW penalty notice policy. In line with this, since February 2007, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has been issuing penalty notices, for those employers who fail to comply with an enforcement notice within 28 days. The Employment Act 2008 will introduce changes, from 6 April 2009, to the NMW enforcement regime, which will see the issue, by HMRC, of financial penalties in most cases of minimum wage non-compliance.