HMRC targets fashion houses exploiting interns
HMRC is now targeting Fashion houses to end the exploitation of interns.
HMRC warning letters are sent to the fashion houses and designer labels about the non-payment of National Minimum Wage.
The letters are being sent to fashion houses that exhibited at London Fashion Week in September 2011, and are expected to do so again at the capital’s Fashion Week in February.
Michelle Wyer, HMRC’s Assistant Director for National Minimum Wage, said:
“These letters give fashion houses plenty of warning that they are under scrutiny. If they are not playing by the rules, now is the time to put things right. Non-payment of the national minimum wage is not an option.
“Our message is clear: don’t wait for us to come knocking on your door; put things right now and avoid a penalty and possible prosecution.”
Letters to 102 fashion labels have been issued, with compliance visits due to begin early in the New Year.
Source: HMRC website