Companies named and shamed for not paying National Minimum Wage
Business Minister Jo Swinson today has named and shamed 37 companies who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.
According to the press release from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, between them they owe workers a total of over £177,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £51,000.
The government has already named 55 employers since the new naming regime came into force in October 2013. They had total arrears of over £139,000 and total penalties of over £60,000.
The biggest names on the list are retail giant H&M and service station operator Welcome Break.
According to the list H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd, London, neglected to pay £2,604.87 to 540 workers while Welcome Break Holdings Ltd, Newport Pagnell, neglected to pay £1,318.70 to 19 workers.
In the UK minimum wage rates by age group:
Adult rate (21 and over) – £6.50 per hour
18 to 20 year olds – £5.13 per hour
16 to 17 year olds – £3.79 per hour
Apprentice rate – £2.73 per hour
An analysis by the Resolution Foundation last year also found that a worker on the minimum wage would need to work 380 hours a week to match the annual salary of someone in the 99th percentile.
A full list of offenders can be found here >>
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