20 Aug Minimum wage offenders named
The Government has published the latest list of employers that have failed to pay their employees the minimum wage. The addition of 75 employers brings the overall total of businesses that have been named and shamed to 285 since new rules were introduced in October 2013.
Commenting on the announcement, the Business Minister, Nick Boles said:
'From October 2015 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase to £6.70. Employers should be well aware of the different rates for the National Minimum Wage depending on the circumstances of their workers.'
The amounts that employees were underpaid ranged from £101.97 for a restaurant employee in Market Rasen to over £12k in relation to two employees working in an Holiday Park in Buxton.
A new National Minimum Wage campaign was launched last month targeting employers in the hairdressing and beauty sectors to ensure that employees are being properly paid at least the NMW for their work. Employers who take this opportunity to self-correct will not have to pay penalties, nor will they be ‘named and shamed’. However, those that do not come forward can face fines of up to £20,000 per employee.
The Government also recently announced an increase in the number of compliance officers working to check that employees are at least being paid the minimum wage.