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News - 24 February 2015

Government names and shames on minimum wage pay


The government has named 70 companies that have failed to pay workers the minimum wage.

About 100 cases in the care sector are being investigated, which the Government calls the "tip of the iceberg". The worst offender was care provider East Midlands Crossroads, which owed £37,500 to 184 workers.

Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
“All the firms named face financial penalties as well as suffering damage to their reputations.
Some 160 firms have been named since a new regime came into force in 2013. On a local level, Delcom Systems in Salisbury owed £11,730 to staff, while the Apostolic Church in London owed £8,300 and workers at the Young Friends Nursery in Hove had been underpaid by £6,700.”

Business Minister Jo Swinson said:
"Naming and shaming gives a clear warning to employers who ignore the rules, that they will face reputational consequences as well as financial penalties of up to £20,000 if they don't pay the minimum wage.”

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady called for more prosecutions and higher fines. "Cheating bosses who fleece their workers out of their hard earned pay must end up in court - and there are still lots of under-paying employers who are getting away with it."

Earlier this month, the Low pay Commission recommended the largest increase in the minimum wage since 2008, with a 3% increase from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said last year that the minimum wage would rise to £8 an hour over the course of the next parliament if his party wins the general election.

If you need any help and advice with your Tax compliance and planning, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Liz Kennett to discuss how ABDS can help in all your financial planning and business advice.

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