11 April 2014 #Employment
The national minimum wage (NMW) is a set minimum hourly rate of pay to which most workers are entitled. All employers are obliged to pay NMW, irrespective of their size.
Despite being in place since 1999, it is hard to believe that some employers still do not pay NMW. Interestingly, HMRC has revealed the 10 worst excuses given by employers, which include:
Perhaps the favorite has to be an employer who said a woman on the premises was not entitled to NMW as she was his wife. When asked what his wife’s name was the employer said ‘err...her name, err what’s your name love?’”!
Jennie Granger, Director General of Enforcement and Compliance, HMRC, said “Most employers are honest and pay their staff the correct rate. But this research shows that some still view the National Minimum Wage as a choice and will even try these crazy excuses to avoid paying workers what they are due”.
NMW rates are reviewed each year and are set to rise with effect from 1 October 2014 (see our HR Facts & Figures for more information on the changes).