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:
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.