Bosses face minimum wage crackdown National minimum wage 08.10.2008 Bosses who fail to pay the national minimum wage will face a Government crackdown after the latest increase comes into effect this month.Tough new penalties come into force next April, including fines for employers who genuinely forget to increase wages when a worker turns 22.The Employment Bill introduces an automatic fine of up to £5,000, while the most serious cases carrying unlimited penalties will be tried in a crown court.In the past year, enforcement officers investigated more than 4,100 employers and secured £3.9 million in arrears for 19,000 workers. Since the minimum wage was introduced in 1999, £30 million in unpaid wages was returned to 100,000 workers.Dave Prentis, general secretary of union Unison, said: "With rogue employers constantly seeking new ways to evade paying the minimum wage, the Government must be vigilant in enforcing it."The rise to £5.73 is a welcome cushion. However, with the price of everyday essentials such as food, gas and electricity going up massively, it won't lift enough working people out of the poverty trap."The adult hourly rate goes up from £5.52 to £5.73, for 18 to 22-year-olds from £4.60 to £4.77, and for 16- and 17-year-olds from £3.40 to £3.53.Copyright © PA Business 2008James Wright from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "Employers have historically been given several opportunities to comply with national minimum wage requirements before being penalised. The tougher penalties are backed with a new enforcement framework. Employers should ensure pay rates for all staff comply with the requirements." Press contact Dave Grimshaw Press Officer 0114 274 4397 Email Dave Related articles 20.03.2019Government Issues Recommendation for Leasehold Reform 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Recruits Hundreds Of Volunteers For Red Nose Day 2019 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Scoops Hat-trick At Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 13.03.2019Sheffield City Region Launches Global Innovation Corridor At MIPIM 2019 08.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Launches Women in Law Timeline 05.03.2019Does A Rest Break At Work Have To Be Continuous?