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Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

Treasury written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have had a case relating to minimum wage arrears heard before an employment tribunal in each year since the minimum wage was introduced; and how many of these appeals were successfully upheld.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

The following table provides information about the employment tribunal cases involving HMRC (formerly Inland Revenue) enforcing the minimum wage. The cases include both employer appeals against enforcement notices and other cases taken by HMRC. There would also have been other employment tribunal cases concerning minimum wage that went forward without HMRC involvement.

Cases before an employment tribunal involving HMRC Successful employer appeals
1999-2000 12 0
2000-01 26 0
2001-02 27 10
2002-03 24 2
2003-04 7 2
2004-05 8 2
2005-06 9 2
2006-07 7 4
2007-08 10 2

In recent years, where an enforcement notice has not been appealed or complied with, HMRC have sought arrears through county court action, rather than through the employment tribunal.

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