Bad Bosses have paid penalties totalling more than £1.4 million .The penalties were levied on hundreds of firms who had failed to pay the minimum wage since 2013..
The fines, levied since the government started naming and shaming such firms in October 2013, are in addition to the £3.5m which bosses have been forced to pay to exploited workers.
The 687 employers sanctioned include football clubs and high-street brands such as Toni&Guy. The average fine was around £2,000, but it is thought some companies paid as much as £20,000.
The figures emerged in a parliamentary written answer from Business Minister Lady Neville-Rolfe, who said the government had initiated civil proceedings against all 687 firms. No criminal prosecutions have been brought.
“The government’s priority is to ensure low-paid workers receive the money they are owed, as quickly as possible,” she said.
“Civil proceedings are generally the most effective means of achieving this. However, where there is evidence that an offence has been committed the case will be considered for criminal investigation, which may lead to prosecution.”