A record 260 employers have been named and shamed for failing to pay 16,000 workers at least the minimum wage rates.

Investigators identified £1.7m in arrears owing to workers, and fined employers £1.3m for the underpayments.

Many sectors were included in the list of employers, including retail and hospitality businesses.

The most common reasons for errors included: failing to pay workers travelling between jobs, deducting money from pay for uniforms, and not paying for overtime.

Among the most high profile companies included in the list were Primark Stores Ltd and SportsDirect.com Retail Ltd.

Since 2013, over £8m has been identified in back pay to around 58,000 workers, with 1,500 employers fined a total of £5m.

The rates for the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will rise again in April 2018.

Earlier this year the government published ten of the most bizarre reasons employers gave for not paying their staff the National Minimum Wage.

If you would like to discuss the issues raised in this article, please contact a member of our Payroll Services team.


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