National Minimum Wage - Employers Be Warned
17 August 2017
Around 230 employers have been named for underpaying their workers the National Minimum or Living Wage.
According to the latest Government figures, more than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers will get around £2 million in back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today (16 August 2017) published a list of 233 businesses that underpaid workers.
As well as having to pay back staff the money owed, employers on the list have also been fined a record £1.9 million by the government. Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.
Since 2013, the scheme has identified £6 million back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4 million.
Common errors made by employers in this round included deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failure to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers.
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