Companies who fail to pay the minimum wage should be punished more harshly in an effort to crack down on low pay, a new report recommends.
I’m sure there are people out there who simply don’t pay it at all. But the sort of cases we see in the papers are about people miscalculating the effects of uniform rules and who buys them, that sort of thing. Increasing the penalties is probably less effective here than making the rules clearer.
Of course, if people really, really, aren’t paying it then that’s a signal of how badly it is biting, how too high it is, isn’t it?