Minimum wage offenders named

Employers who have not been paying their workers the National Minimum Wage have been named by Business Minister Jo Swinson.

Between them, the 37 companies named owe employees more than £177,000 in unpaid wages and have been charged more than £51,000 in financial penalties. The government has already named 55 other employers since the naming system was introduced in October 2013.

Businesses found to be failing to meet their minimum wage commitments face a penalty of up to £20,000.

The National Minimum Wage means employers have to pay their workers a certain amount per hour, based on their age and employment status.

The current minimum hourly wage rates are:

£3.79 for those under 18
£5.13 for those aged 18-20
£6.50 for those who are 21 and over
£2.73 for apprentices who are under 18 or are 19 and in their first year.
Jo Swinson, Business Minister, said:

“Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable.”

“If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them.”

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