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Almost 200 businesses have been ‘named and shamed’ for underpaying their workers.

An investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) found that between 2011 and 2018, 191 businesses broke national minimum wage law, with £2.1 million owed to over 34,000 workers.

The employers named previously underpaid workers in the following ways:

  • 47% wrongly deducted pay from workers’ wages, including for uniform and expenses
  • 30% failed to pay workers for all the time they had worked, such as when they worked overtime
  • 19% paid the incorrect apprenticeship rate

The businesses have since been made to pay back what they owe along with a fine of £3.2 million.

If you have any questions on national minimum wage rates ot any other payroll matter, please contact Lisa McLeod, payroll manager at Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants on 01244 343504.

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Chester, North Wales and The Wirral - 01244 343504, info@ellis-uk.com