Moving forward, the best way to enforce your rights is by joining a trade union. Browse our Union Finder tool to find the advantages of joining a trade union and the union most suited to your needs.
You can enforce your right to the National Minimum Wage by contacting the National Minimum Wage enforcement team at HMRC. They have power to take action against your employer to recover wage arrears and pay them to you, as well as to fine your employer. You can reach the enforcement team by calling the Acas Helpline.
You can also enforce your rights by bringing a claim in the employment tribunal. Time limits are very short – usually just three months. In practice, this kind of claim is usually best brought if several workers act together. A trade union may be able to support you in bringing a claim of this type, especially if it will benefit all the workers where you work, and not just you.
You can find out more information about bringing a claim in the employment tribunal in our Enforcing Your Rights section.