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The TUC welcomed the government pledge to quadruple the penalty for employers found paying less than the minimum wage, but said it was crucial that the new rules were actually implemented.
TUC General Secretary Francis O'Grady said:
Business Secretary Vince Cable said the government was committed to punishing rogue employers who were paying staff less than the national minimum wage.
Rogue employers who fail to pay their staff the national minimum wage will be subject to fines of up to £20,000 - four times the previous figure, the Government has announced.
The maximum penalty will increase from £5,000, and is set to come into force next month, with ministers pressing for further legislation so that £20,000 can apply to each underpaid worker.