Lincolnshire firms named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

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The government has named and shamed two Lincolnshire firms as part of a list of 233 employers who failed to pay staff the national minimum and living wage.

According to the list issued by the government, PC Coaches in Lincoln and Snip Its Ltd in Cleethorpes failed to pay the national minimum wage.

In the list, PC Coaches was ordered to pay £1,773.55 to one worker, while Snips Its was ordered to pay £732.35 to one worker at the firm.

Nationally, around 230 employers were named for underpaying their workers the National Minimum or Living Wage.

As well as paying back staff the money owed, employers on the list have been fined a record £1.9 million by the government.

Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.

A spokesperson for PC Coaches said: “PC Coaches of Lincoln employs in the region of 120 employees across Lincolnshire.

“Unfortunately, during 2016 one employee was accidently underpaid the national minimum wage due to a miscalculation relating to the start of their employment with ourselves following the completion of an apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Lincoln College.

“Once this had been brought to our attention all such financial arrears were immediately processed and more stringent administrative functions are now in place to avoid similar instances occurring in the future.”

Snip Its Ltd did not respond to a request for a comment from Lincolnshire Business by the time of publication.

Business Minister Margot James said: “It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.

“Today’s naming round identifies a record £2 million of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.”

Common errors made by employers in this round included deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failure to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers.

Melissa Tatton, director at HM Revenue and Customs said: “HMRC is committed to getting money back into the pockets of underpaid workers, and continues to crack down on employers who ignore the law.

“Those not paying workers the National Minimum or Living Wage can expect to face the consequences.”