239 Employers named and fined by HMRC for underpaying 22,400 workers since 2011.

22,400 UK workers underpaid by a total of £1.44 million pounds

Dating back to 2011, 239 employers have been named and fined £1.97 million pounds for underpaying the National Living and Minimum Wage and for taking deductions from wages for uniforms, underpaying apprentices and failing to pay travel time.

  • £1.44m in back pay has been identified for 22,400 workers, with the employers fined additional £1.97m

The top 5 reasons for National Minimum and Living Wage underpayments in this round were:

  • taking deductions from wages for costs such as uniforms

  • underpaying apprentices

  • failing to pay travel time

  • misusing the accommodation offset

  • using the wrong time periods for calculating pay

Low Pay Commission Chairman Bryan Sanderson said:

It is crucial that employers understand their responsibilities and workers know their rights around the minimum wage. That is why active enforcement and effective communication from Government is so important. It is therefore encouraging to see that HMRC has recovered unpaid wages for the largest number of workers yet in this round of naming and shaming. I’m confident that the Government will continue to pursue underpayment of the minimum wage vigorously.

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For a full list of the 239 employers - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/record-22400-minimum-wage-workers-to-receive-millions-in-backpay

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