On 24 June 2010, the BBC reported an optician has been fined more than £3,000 for failing to pay four of his workers the minimum wage.
Mike O’Grady, HMRC Criminal Investigations said:
“This sentencing sends a clear message to employers, large or small, that HMRC will actively pursue those whom we suspect of flouting National Minimum Wage law. If employers prevent HMRC officers from checking staff records, attempt to alter or falsify pay records and related documents and refuse to comply with the law they could receive a fine and a criminal record.
“We have a duty to ensure workers receive their salary entitlement. The majority of employers do assist us with our investigations, but if they don’t we will pursue cases through the criminal courts.
“Thankfully the majority of employers know their responsibilities and act within the law. But anyone who believes they are not being paid the National Minimum Wage should call the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368 or complain online, and we will investigate and where necessary, recover any unpaid wages that may be due.”