MONSOON NAMED AND SHAMED FOR NOT PAYING MINIMUM WAGE
The government has published the latest list of employers who fail to pay workers enough – from high-street giants to small local companies – with fashion retailer Monsoon Accessorize topping the list of employers who have failed to pay the minimum wage.
The government has promised to name and shame companies – no matter the size – who do not pay their staff enough.
The clothing and jewellery giant owes 1,438 workers £104,507.83 according to Ministers. Second on the government’s list is Tyne & Wear Riding for the Disabled Association, trading as Washington Riding Centre, which neglected to pay £27,151.79 to six staff.
There are 149 employers on the latest list Nick Boles the Business Minister has announced, owing over £389,000 to staff who have been underpaid. He said: “Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.
“As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it. “Next April we will introduce a new National Living Wage which will mean a £900-a-year pay rise for someone working full time on the minimum wage and we will enforce this equally robustly.”
The scheme, under which employers are checked out by HM Revenue and Customs, began in October 2013. So far over 400 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of over £1,181,000 and total penalties of over £513,000. The minimum wage is currently set at £6.70 per hour for those over 21 and £5.30 an hour for 18 – 20 year olds.