St Helens RFC named among minimum wage offenders

St Helens RFC named among minimum wage offenders

St Helens RFC named among minimum wage offenders

Farmers have been told to be aware of changes to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage that come into effect from 1 April.

Wagamama was said to have failed to pay £133,212 (€149,704 ) to 2,630 workers, the most of any of the companies named.

Wagamama, the noodle chain which was the worst offender, underpaid 2,630 of its staff by £167,000.

BEIS said since 2013 the scheme has identified around 12.5 million US dollars in back pay for around 67,000 workers, with more than 1,700 employers fined a total of 8.7 million USA dollars.

Business minister Andrew Griffiths said: 'There are no excuses for shortchanging workers.

In total, 179 employers were fined £1.3m by the government for underpaying their staff.

'This is a historic payment which was paid previous year, and we have since reimbursed team members for the purchase of their black uniform shoes'.

This was consdidered to be asking the staff to buy a uniform.

Meanwhile, Marriott, which has a hotel at Lynch Wood in Peterborough, failed to pay £71,723 to 279 workers.

A TGI Fridays spokesperson said their figures relates to shoe allowance.

The club was named by the Government on a list of almost 180 employers for underpaying staff.

"We apologise to all our associates impacted by this error, and have taken steps to ensure it can not happen again".

"The issue arose from our now historical practice of allowing staff to pay for tickets and retail merchandise voluntarily purchased from the club via deduction from their monthly salaries, for which the employees gave written permission for deductions to be made".

It said an HMRC audit had found it complied with national minimum wage regulations between 2012 and 2017, apart from these voluntary deductions which are no longer permitted.

Wages: Employers must repay nearly £75,000 (file pic).

The government is to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new rates and encourage workers to speak to their employer if they think they are being underpaid.

The latest list, which is the 14th published by the Government, comes ahead of the a rate rise on April 1, when the National Living Wage will increase to £7.83 per hour from £7.50.

Employers could not only face negative publicity by being "named and shamed" for failing to pay the minimum wage, but might also be fined up to £20,000 and face criminal sanctions, according to Tim Goodwin, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood.

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