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UK measures to ensure people receive fair pay announced

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UK Business Secretary announced a package of measures to ensure hardworking people receive the pay they are entitled to.

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A package of measures includes doubling the penalties for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and the new National Living Wage; increasing the enforcement budget; setting up a new team in HMRC to take forward criminal prosecutions for those who deliberately do not comply; and ensuring that anyone found guilty will be considered for disqualification from being a company director for up to 15 years.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: "There is no excuse for employers flouting minimum wage rules and these announcements will ensure those who do try and cheat staff out of pay will feel the full force of the law.

"This one nation government is committed to making work pay and making sure hardworking people get the salary they are entitled to."

A new team of compliance officers in HMRC will investigate the most serious cases of employers not paying the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage when it is introduced in April 2016.

The team will have the power to use all available sanctions, including penalties, prosecutions and naming and shaming the most exploitative employers.

The enforcement budget for the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage will also be increased in 2016 to 2017.

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