More than 200 firms named for breaching minimum wage rules

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According to the government, the homes of Fraser, Schuh and Waterstones are among more than 200 employers across the UK who have broken minimum wage laws when paying employees.

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The businesses were named among 208 firms that failed to pay their employees nearly £1.2 million, breaking national minimum wage laws.

The government said it laid off about 12,000 workers out of pocket.

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Labor Markets Minister Paul Scully said, “We want workers to know we are on their side and that they should be treated fairly by their employers, which is why paying the legal minimum wage is non-negotiable for businesses.” should be.”

“Today’s 208 businesses, whatever their size, should at least know better than the hardworking employees, whether it was intentional or not.

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“With Christmas fast approaching, it is more important than ever that cash is not taken out of the pockets of workers. So don’t be a Scrooge – pay your employees properly.”

There is no excuse for not paying minimum wage. Firms cheating employees with their hard earned money should be named and shamed

The most common problem among designated companies was that they deducted money from employees’ salaries to pay for expenses such as work uniforms. About 37% of businesses fell into this trap.

Meanwhile, 29% did not pay for mandatory training, test shifts or travel time, 16% did not pay trainees enough, and 11% did not increase the amount paid to employees when the minimum wage was increased. , or unfairly paid young workers. Emotion.

The House of Fraser failed to pay £16,000 to 354 employees, Schuh failed to pay £807 to 39 employees and Waterstones failed to pay 58 workers from around £8,700.

The current House of Fraser owner, the Fraser Group, said the claims predate the purchase of House of Fraser in 2018.

It said: “In short, these violations are historic and relate to the activities of the old House of Fraser Company which is now in administration and have nothing to do with any activity in the new House of Fraser business owned by Fraser. Group.”

Other high-profile offenders include outsourcing giant Mitty and sandwich maker Greencore.

Greencore said: “Greencore can confirm that it inadvertently underpaid some of its employees in the past due to errors in the imposition of administration fees and calculation of wage sacrifice deductions.

“Upon recognition of the problem, the group refunded the arrears of their wages to all the affected employees, as confirmed by HMRC.”

Other named businesses have been contacted for comment.

Brian Sanderson, chairman of the Low Pay Commission, said: “Minimum Wage is a success story that is welcomed by employees and employers alike, but it only works if everyone follows the law without exception. .

“We hope this latest naming round can continue to raise awareness of the most common mistakes businesses make and help protect low-wage workers from unfair treatment.”

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said: “Every worker is entitled to a fair wage for his work.

“There is no excuse for not paying the minimum wage. Firms cheating employees with their hard earned money should be named and shamed.

“We also need to see prosecutions and higher fines for the most serious offenders, especially those who knowingly violate the law. Paying low minimum wage is still very common in the UK.”

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