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UK: 637 companies identified & fined for failing to pay the minimum wage

Author: Mark Leftly, Guardian (UK), Published on: 6 January 2017

"Nearly 700 firms fined total of £1.4m for not paying minimum wage", 6 Jan 2017

Nearly 700 firms, including Brighton and Hove Albion and Boris Becker’s favourite Wimbledon restaurant, have been fined nearly £1.4m for paying staff below the minimum wage...on top of the previously announced £3.5m in owed wages these 687 employers – which also include a Huddersfield branch of discount chain Poundstretcher and the Dudley division of listed construction group Interserve – have paid in arrears to thousands of staff. However, MPs are worried even a combined £5m of arrears payments and penalties will not deter other firms from flouting the law...many of the businesses are small and their owners argue they did not have sufficient help to adapt to legal and practical changes in recent years. San Lorenzo restaurant in south-west London, which was found to have underpaid 30 workers by nearly £100,000, was dealing with family crises and had not been advised to update its payroll when the owners discovered the problem...Directors at Brighton and Hove Albion, which was found to have owed one worker £2,861.64,...argued there was a simple administrative error regarding expenses paid to someone on work experience and received external legal advice that the club was not in breach of employment regulation... [includes list of 637 companies]

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Related companies: Interserve