Dorset employers among companies named for failing to pay minimum wage
SEVERAL local employers are among the 191 named by the government for violating the national minimum wage law.
The HMRC found that £ 2.1million was owed to more than 34,000 workers due to the violations that took place between 2011 and 2018.
Famous names on the list included John Lewis, the Body Shop International and football clubs such as Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic, Crewe, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth.
The named employers paid back what they owed and were fined a total of £ 3.2million.
The government’s announcement read:
- Julie and Christopher Roche, trading as Hill Cottage Farm Camping and Caravan Park in Alderholt, were found guilty of failing to pay a worker £ 3,351.
- Anglo Limited in the center of Bournemouth had not paid £ 2,461 to nine workers.
- Onyx Hair Limited, operating as Stone Hair in Moordown, did not pay two workers £ 1,371.
- DDV Hairdressing Limited, operating as Toni & Guy in Bournemouth, did not pay £ 8,685 to five workers.
The government acknowledged that not all of the underpayment was intentional, but said it was the responsibility of employers to comply with the law.
Almost half of the deductions at the national level were for wages wrongly deducted for purposes such as uniforms and expenses. Almost a third involved non-payment of all hours worked, for example when staff worked overtime, and a fifth involved paying apprentices the wrong rate.
Business Minister Paul Scully said: “Our minimum wage laws are there to ensure that a fair working day receives a fair wage.
“All employers, including those on this list, must pay workers well.
“This government will continue to protect workers’ rights vigilantly, and employers who spare workers will not get away lightly.
“Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage must pay back wage arrears to the worker at current minimum wage rates. They also face heavy financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears – capped at £ 20,000 per worker – which are paid to the government. ”
The government has released new guidelines to make sure employers know how to pay apprentices properly.
The Daily Echo has approached local employers on the list for comment.