Record number of employers named for underpaying more than 15,500 workers

More than 350 employers have been named and shamed today as the Government publishes the largest ever list of national minimum and living wage offenders.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today named 360 businesses who underpaid 15,520 workers a total of £995,233, with employers in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail sectors the most prolific offenders.

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

For the first time, the naming list includes employers who failed to pay eligible workers at least the new National Living Wage rate, which is currently £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over.

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.

Excuses for underpaying workers included using tips to top up pay, docking workers’ wages to pay for their Christmas party and making staff pay for their own uniforms out of their salary.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

The National Living and Minimum Wage, which every worker is entitled to, is an essential part of building the higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax society that the UK needs.

Thanks to government investigations more than 15 and a half thousand of the UK’s lowest paid workers are to be back paid as we continue to build a Northern Ireland, and wider United Kingdom, that works for everyone.

Some of those named include Debenhams, Pembrokeshire Care Ltd and Heron Foods. and To see the full list of those named, please see here.

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