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News - 15 January 2015

37 firms named for failing to pay the minimum wage

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have published its single largest list of companies who have failed to pay the minimum wage.

Among the 37 named are H&M and Welcome Break. In all the 37 firms will be fined a total of £51,000 and must pay the staff concerned the shortfall.

Welcome Break said a new IT problem contributed to the mistake, while H&M blamed time logging errors.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: "Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It's good to see the government getting tough on bad bosses who cheat hard-working employees out of the pay they're legally entitled to. But with over 600 employers being caught underpaying each year, those named and shamed today are only the tip of the iceberg.

David Nelson of the Payroll Department of ABDS comments:
“Welcome Break said that the majority of their errors were due to not altering the rates of pay after birthdays, while H&M blamed the process of time logging in and out. But these examples show that cross checking and referencing are very important.”

Current National Minimum Wage rates:
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

If you need any help and advice with your PAYE, RTI or CIS, or looking to outsource your Payroll Department, contact ABDS NOW to discuss how we can help.

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