UK: Govt. identifies & fines nearly 700 companies for failing to pay minimum or living wage

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16 February 2017

UK: Govt reprimands 16 Welsh employers for failing to pay minimum or living wage

Author: WalesOnline

"These are the employers in Wales named and shamed for not paying staff the minimum or living wage"

A care firm which underpaid more than 150 workers by an average of £357 each has been “named and shamed” by the UK Government. More than 350 companies UK-wide have been named after being fined for not paying their employees either the national minimum wage or the living wage. And there are 16 Welsh firms on the list. Among them is Haverfordwest-based Pembrokeshire Care Limited, which stumped up £55,000 too little – affecting 154 workers. A variety of businesses across Wales – from bars to bakeries – are today named by the UK Government after HMRC recovered arrears and fined the firms on their list.Also on the list is Debenhams, who failed to pay £134,900 to almost 12,000 employees across the UK. WalesOnline attempted to contact all of the named Welsh firms for an explanation. Many said they were only listed because of misunderstandings or miscommunications. All we spoke to have since repaid what was owed...Business Minister Margot James said: “Every worker in the UK is entitled to at least the national minimum or living wage and this government will ensure they get it. “That is why we have named and shamed more than 350 employers who failed to pay the legal minimum, sending the clear message to employers that minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished.” [refers to Zia Nina, Wales Interactive Limited, Glanmor’s Bakery, Sam’s Grill House, MDT Electrical Limited, 118 Limited, UC Better Window Cleaning, Majka Polish Shop, Corporate Food Company Limited, Dawsons (Wales) Ltd, Pembrokeshire Care Limited, Autostop Tyres & Exhaust Centre, Idols, Pride in Care companies responses provided in article]

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6 January 2017

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

Author: Mark Leftly, Guardian (UK)

"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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