National Minimum Wage – New HMRC team to respond to cases of underpaymentFriday, January 15th, 2010
From January 2010, HMRC’s new Dynamic Response Team will work on the most high profile and complex National Minimum Wage cases faced by HMRC, particularly in areas where employers are using migrant labour to undercut competitors by paying below the minimum wage. The team, made up of highly-trained specialist officers, is funded from the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Migration Impacts Fund, a £70 million Government fund that is paid for by a levy on migrant workers.
The new team will work with other Government departments and Local Authorities to ensure the most effective action is taken to deal with non-compliant employers, including civil and criminal prosecutions where appropriate.
There are around 1 million low paid workers who benefit from the minimum wage and, since April 2009, HMRC has helped around 14,000 workers re-coup over £3.5 million of wage arrears. This included more than £640,000 alone in the hospitality sector.
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