Aggravated Breach Awards

The Business Minister, Margot James, has admitted that financial penalties of only £17,704 have been levied against employers for aggravated breaches of employment law.

Judges have a discretion to award such penalties against employers but only levied the ‘fines’ in 18 cases of which only 12 have been paid.

The Government had anticipated judges imposing sanctions in 25% of cases which would have recouped £2.8m for the Treasury.

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