Two Harlow companies “named and shamed” for failing to pay employees minimum wage

News / Thu 17th Aug 2017 at 11:07am


TWO Harlow businesses have been named and shamed by the government after they were found to not be paying employees the minimum wage.

Smiles Montessori Preschool (Bush Fair) Limited, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £3,904.90 to three workers.

Wych Elm Car Wash Ltd, Harlow CM20, failed to pay £3,293.24 to five workers.

They are among 223 companies who together have been fined £1.9m for illegally under-paying workers.

Since 2013, the scheme to ‘name and shame’ bad bosses has identified £6m back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4m.

Government investigators found in this round employers had been deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failing to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers.

Business Minister Margot James told the Daily Mirror: “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 £2m 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.”

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.”

YH contacted Smiles Montessori but they declined to comment.

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