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BEIS names companies underpaying minimum wage rates

08 December 2017

Having published the names of businesses underpaying minimum wage rates, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says the amount of back pay required is rising.

With 260 employers named on the list, the BEIS says the back pay total has risen to its highest level of £1.7m, affecting 16,000 workers.

Fines of £1.3m in total have been issued for those not meeting the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

From the outstanding payment total of £1.7m, nearly £1.2m of this is accounted for by four companies: The Best Connection Group; Qualitycourse; Primark Stores; and Sports Direct.

Business Minister Margot James said government "will come down hard on businesses that break the rules" if they do not pay staff the correct amount.

"That's why we are naming hundreds of employers who have been short changing their workers; and to ensure there are consequences for their wallets as well as their reputation, we've levied millions in back pay and fines," she said.

Low Pay Commission chairman Bryan Sanderson said conversations conducted with employers indicated "the risk of being named is encouraging businesses to focus on compliance".

"Further, it is good to see that HMRC continues to target large employers who have underpaid a large number of workers, as well as cases involving only a few workers, where workers are at risk of the most serious exploitation."

Further information can be found on the BEIS website.

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