The largest list of employers to be named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage has been published today (Aug 11) - and it includes two Bucks businesses.
Almost 200 employers who failed to pay their workers the legal minimum wage have been publicly named, Business Minister Margot James announced.
Between them, the 198 companies named owed £466,219 in arrears, across a range of employers including football clubs, hotels, care homes and hairdressers.
All of the money owed to these workers has been paid back to them.
Prestwood Motors in Prestwood was named as number 40 on the list for owing £2, 375 to one worker.
Owner Lee Embury believes his company should not be in the list said: “That’s not the case at all. He was an apprentice and that’s all been paid up now and it’s settled. That’s the only one we’ve ever had in 45 years of being in business and it’s all been settled.”
Mr Embury said he would be contacting the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which published the list, about being included.
Top Tread in High Wycombe was named at 132 on the list for owing £402.25 to one worker.
Owner Salim Uddin Khan said: “What it was is to help him out, I took on a young apprentice. I asked him to come in from 2pm to 6pm and paid him for those hours, but what I didn’t realise is you have to pay a minimum of 30 hours a week, but he wasn’t working 30 hours a week so he was short. It’s something I’ve learnt the hard way and I didn’t have an accountant at the time, now I have an accountant. I paid him and I pay my taxes, I’m a fair person and that’s the way it is.”
Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 688 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of more than £3.5million.
Business Minister Margot James said: “This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.
“That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, National Living Wage. It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.
“So we’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them.”
Number one on the list was San Lorenzo Ltd, in Wimbledon, London, which owed £99,541.98 to 30 workers, followed by Premier Recruitment Ltd, in Derby, which owed £34,797.33 to 424 workers and Regis UK Ltd, in Coventry, which owed £25,712.19 to 604 workers.
The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over was introduced in April this year, which has meant a pay rise of more than £900-a-year for someone previously working full time on the National Minimum Wage.
For workers under the age of 25, the National Minimum Wage still applies.
It is an employer’s responsibility to be aware of the different minimum wage rates depending on the circumstances of their workers – and to make sure all eligible workers are paid at least the minimum rate they are entitled to.
The National Living Wage will be enforced equally robustly alongside the National Minimum Wage.