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National Minimum Wage offenders named and shamed

30th October, 2015

The government has ‘named and shamed’ the latest round of companies that have been caught out for failing to pay their workers the national minimum wage. And it includes some household names, as Clayton & Brewill’s payroll specialist Julie Braithwaite explains.

In October 2015, the government announced that 115 companies had failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wageowing their staff over £389,000 in salary. The businesses include hairdressers, retailers, educational businesses, caterers, and the care sector.

One of the more eye-catching companies on the list is Monsoon Accessorize Limited. The company tops the list of those to be caught out, as they neglected to pay over £100,000 to 1,438 workers.

Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 400 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of over £1,181,000 and total penalties of over £513,000.

Don’t get caught out for paying the wrong amount to your workers. In most cases, the companies named and shamed by the government have made a genuine mistake – but it’s a mistake that can cause significant damage to your reputation.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) went up for all workers from Thursday 1 October 2015.

Adult workers and apprentices saw the biggest rises to their NMW payments, with 20 pence and 57 pence increases respectively.

New National Minimum Wage rates since 1 October 2015

21 and over: increases from £6.50 to £6.70

18 to 20 years old: increases from £5.13 to £5.20

Under 18’s: increases from £3.79 to £3.87

Apprentices: increases from £2.73 to £3.30

For cost-effective help with your payroll, contact the specialists at Clayton & Brewill. We support SMEs, family businesses, farmers and GPs across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire to process their payrolls and make sure they are paying their workers the right amount, at the right time.

Call Clayton & Brewill’s Nottingham payroll team on 0115 9503044 or click here to email us.

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