Government names and shames 37 firms for failing to pay workers the minimum wage

15th January 2015

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Retailer H&M is among 37 firms, which have been named and shamed today for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has published the list, which also includes service station group Welcome Break.

Between all the named firms, they owe workers a total of over £177,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling more than £51,000.

The government has already named 55 employers since the new naming regime came into force in October 2013. They had total arrears of over £139,000 and total penalties of over £60,000.

The government has declared that HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) National Minimum Wage enforcement budget is to be increased by a further £3m in financial year 2015 to 2016 – taking the total to £12.2m. The extra money will go towards increasing the number of HMRC compliance officers to identify businesses that exploit their workers by paying them below the minimum.

Business Minister Jo Swinson 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.

“We are also looking at what more we can do to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place. As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage face penalties of up to £20,000. We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer.”

The 37 employers named and shamed are:

  1. Kings Group LLP, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £53,808.91 to 53 workers
  2. Kings Group Lettings LLP, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £26,893.43 to 49 workers
  3. Chi Yip Group Ltd, Middleton, neglected to pay £15,566.78 to 13 workers
  4. Kingsclere Nurseries Ltd trading as Abacus Day Nursery, Newbury, neglected to pay £12,904.19 to 8 workers.
  5. Ms Thap Thi Ly trading as Sweet N Sour, Fleetwood, neglected to pay £11,039.14 to 2 workers
  6. Michael Kearney trading as Electrical Estimates, Ceredigion, neglected to pay £5,557.91 to 4 workers
  7. ABC Early Learning and Childcare Centre UK Ltd, Wolverhampton, neglected to pay £5,329.25 to 68 workers
  8. C J Hartley Ltd trading as Headwork, Sheffield, neglected to pay £4,762.64 to 4 workers
  9. Mrs Kelly Jayne Lockley trading as Diva Hair Design, Walsall, neglected to pay £4,103.65 to a worker
  10. Browncow Tanning Ltd trading as Fake Bake Hair & Beauty Boutique, Glasgow, neglected to pay £3,406.66 to 2 workers
  11. J Wood Joiners & Builders Ltd, Edinburgh, neglected to pay £3,373.19 to 4 workers
  12. Louise Ross Trading as Luxe Salon, Leeds, neglected to pay £3,368.13 to a worker
  13. H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd, London, neglected to pay £2,604.87 to 540 workers
  14. Building Projects Ltd, Dundee, neglected to pay £2,345.85 to 3 workers
  15. David A Farrer Ltd, Morecambe, neglected to pay £2,261.00 to a worker
  16. Julian’s Hair Salon Ltd, Newbury, neglected to pay £2,131.35 to a worker
  17. Motorists Discount Store Ltd trading as TMS Autoparts, Manchester, neglected to pay £2,025.19 to a worker
  18. Ms Dawn Platts trading as Level 2 Hair Studio, Barnsley, neglected to pay £1,186.89 to a worker
  19. Myers and Family Ltd, Wakefield, neglected to pay £1.598.82 to a worker
  20. Welcome Break Holdings Ltd, Newport Pagnell, neglected to pay £1,318.70 to 19 workers
  21. Callum Austin Ltd trading as Jason Austin Hairdressers, Kettering, neglected to pay £1,899.66 to 2 workers
  22. Mrs Karen Riley Trading as Crave, Preston, neglected to pay £1,179.09 to 7 workers
  23. RPM Performance Rally World Ltd, Maldon, neglected to pay £998.71 to a worker
  24. Ego Hair & Beauty (Anglia) Ltd, Colchester, neglected to pay £985.55 to a worker
  25. Mr Jinit Shah trading as Crystal Financial Solutions, Middlesex, neglected to pay £941.65 to a worker
  26. Counted4 Community Interest Company, Sunderland, neglected to pay £930.73 to a worker
  27. HAE Automotive Services Ltd, Harrogate (ceased trading), neglected to pay £798.16 to a worker
  28. Vision on Digital Ltd, Ossett, neglected to pay £683.86 to a worker
  29. Ultimate Care UK Ltd, Ipswich, neglected to pay £613.79 to 7 workers
  30. Century Motors (Sheffield) Ltd, Sheffield, neglected to pay £571.72 to a worker
  31. Mr D Eastwell & Mr G Brinkler trading as The Salon, Letchworth Garden City, neglected to pay £409.85 to a worker
  32. Rumble (Bedworth) Ltd, Nuneaton, neglected to pay £404.41 to a worker
  33. Shannons Ltd, Worthing neglected to pay £313.76 to a worker
  34. Holmes Cleaning Company, Worksop neglected to pay £240.48 to a worker
  35. Learnplay Foundation Ltd, West Bromwich, neglected to pay £224.73 to a worker
  36. Adrien Mackenzie trading as Maverick Models, Manchester, neglected to pay £205.52 to a worker
  37. QW Security Ltd, Hartlepool, neglected to pay £126.20 to a worker

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