Minimum Wage

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the strategy adopted by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of prosecuting employers of agency workers who deduct commission from the minimum wage.

Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government takes the enforcement of national minimum wage (NMW) very seriously and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enforce the national minimum wage legislation on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and has done so since the introduction of NMW in April 1999. It does that by investigating all complaints made about employers suspected of not paying the minimum wage, in addition carrying out targeted enforcement where it identifies a high risk of non-payment of NMW.

As part of its compliance strategy, HMRC has brought in dedicated compliance staff with experience of employment agencies, and these staff are being trained to operate in the NMW context. HMRC is currently drawing up a strategic approach and a suite of compliance interventions that will, in the most extreme cases, include prosecutions.

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