The TUC has long argued that successive governments have been soft on minimum wage dodgers. The plans announced today to quadruple penalties for rogue bosses who cheat staff out of the minimum wage should make employers think twice before illegally underpaying their staff.
It's great that the penalties for flouting the minimum wage have been raised and that it's easier to name and shame offending employers.
It's crucial now that HMRC is given the resources they need to enforce these new rights properly.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said the government was committed to punishing rogue employers who were paying staff less than the national minimum wage.
Paying anything less than this is unacceptable, illegal and will be punished by law. So we are bringing in tougher financial penalties to crackdown on those who do not play by the rules. The message is clear - if you break the law, you will face action.
The national minimum wage plays an important role in supporting low-paid workers whilst making sure they can still find work. Enforcing this is a key to fairness in our workforce.