“I thought it was ok to pay foreign workers below the NMW”: BEIS launches £1.7m campaign

A new awareness campaign has been launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) aimed at ensuring both retail employers and employees know that minimum wage is mandatory.

Ahead of the second incremental rise of the National Minimum Wage set to take place in April, rising from £7.20 to £7.50, the BEIS has released some of the most outrageous excuses given from bosses who fail to pay their staff the legal minimum.


READ MORE: The National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage explained

The £1.7 million awareness campaign encourages workers in retail and other sectors to speak up if they think they are not being paid the minimum wage and reach out to Acas for help.

Business minister Margot James said: “There are no excuses for underpaying staff what they are legally entitled to.”

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