The 25 owe workers more than £43,000 in unpaid wages and also have to pay fines totalling £21,000.
Jenny Willott, the business minister, said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is not only wrong, it’s illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences.”
The latest increase in the minimum wage for adults by 19p to £6.50 per hour will come into effect on 1st October.
Ensuring you comply with minimum wage legislation isn’t always as simple as paying employees the correct rate.
For instance employers who provide accommodation for staff can only count £34.37 per week of that cost towards the minimum wage, and you also can’t include tips within the calculation.
Those who use freelancers or other self-employed workers should also check that they would not be legally regarded as employees. More information on this issue here.
The 25 employers are:
•Christine Cadden and Nicola Banks of Renaissance, Wirral, neglected to pay £7,310.65 to 3 workers
•Alan King and John King of Arthur Simpson & Co, Bradford, neglected to pay £6,426.12 to a worker
•Central Heating Services Ltd, Hampshire, neglected to pay £6,200.28 to 4 workers
•Cargilfield School Ltd, Edinburgh, neglected to pay £3,739.58 to a worker
•A2ZEE Construction Ltd, Cramlington, neglected to pay £3,375.51 to 14 workers
•Mr and Mrs Balasco of Eugenio, Bristol, neglected to pay £3,037.53 to 2 workers
•Mr and Mrs Hampton of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cheshire, neglected to pay £2,057.88 to 4 workers
•Steven Stainton of Steven Stainton Joinery, Cumbria, neglected to pay £1,415.82 to a worker
•Runbaro Ltd, Swindon, neglected to pay £1,413.88 to a worker
•Satwinder Singh Khatter and Tejinder Singh Khatter of The Bath Hotel, Reading, neglected to pay £1,237.79 to 2 workers
•Richard Last of Classic Carpentry, Godalming, neglected to pay £1,236.72 to a worker
•We are Mop! Ltd, London, neglected to pay £1,018.05 to 2 workers
•Mrs Sue English of Legends Hairdressers, Colchester, neglected to pay £823.40 to a worker
•Saftdwin Ltd, Hampshire, neglected to pay £806.37 to 2 workers
•Master Distribution Ltd, Essex, neglected to pay £718.62 to a worker
•Perth Hotels Ltd, Perth, neglected to pay £556.80 to a worker
•Bryants Nurseries Ltd, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £494.07 to a worker
•Dove Mill Retail Outlet Ltd, Bolton, neglected to pay £461.84 to a worker
•Luigi’s Little Italy Ltd, Yorkshire, neglected to pay £281.04 to 5 workers
•CPS SW Ltd, Exmouth, neglected to pay £261.29 to a worker
•Mr Gary Calder, Mr Richard Calder and Mr Neil Calder of Avenue Agricultural, Northamptonshire, neglected to pay £256.55 to a worker
•Dakal Ltd, Northampton, neglected to pay £252.00 to 2 workers
•Zoom Ltd, Havant, neglected to pay £242.28 to 3 workers
•HSS Hire Service Group Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £149.00 to 15 workers
•Sun Shack Ltd, Hamilton, neglected to pay £134.35 to 8 workers
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