Government Names And Shames Underpaying Businesses

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released a list of 359 businesses who underpaid 15,513 workers

Government Names And Shames Underpaying Businesses

The government has named and shamed underpaying businesses by publishing a list of all firms who fail to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW).

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released a list of 359 businesses who underpaid 15,513 workers a total of £994,685.

Offenders include kebab shops, nurseries, retail stores, football clubs and tradesmen with small businesses making up the bulk of the list.

As well as recovering arrears for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers, HMRC issued penalties worth around £800,000.

By law, adult workers aged 22 and over, except “accredited” trainees and some excluded groups, must be paid a NMW of at least £6.95 an hour – though this will increase from 1 April 2017.

For the first time, the naming list includes employers who failed to pay eligible workers at least the new NLW rate, which is currently £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over- but will increase to £7.50 on 1 April 2017 also.

Margot James, business minister, 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.”

To see the full list of all underpaying businesses, click here.

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