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Want to be famous? Then cheat

Douglas Adams once said that "nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules".

It's this principle that the Government wants to use to get the message across to cheating bosses that they have to pay the National Minimum Wage.

Starting from 1 January 2011, employers who breach the rules risk have their names publicised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

This is in addition to the penalties that HM Revenue and Customs can levy on those found underpaying staff.

Just in case you missed it, the NMW rates rose on 1 October to:

  • £5.93 per hour for those aged 21 or over
  • £4.92 for 18-20 year olds
  • £3.64 for 16-17 year olds

There is also, for the first time, an apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 an hour.

See www.hmrc.gov.uk/nmw if you need more information.

This was first published in October 2010

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