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H&M is among 37 offenders 'named and shamed' by the Government. Credit: PA Wire

H&M among firms ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay minimum wage

Retail company H&M is among 37 employers who have been “named and shamed” by the Government for not paying the national minimum wage. The businesses face fines totalling more than £51,000 and must also pay staff the £177,000 they are owed. H&M owners Hennes & Mauritz failed to paid £2,604.87 to 540 workers, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said. The company said time logging errors were to blame for the failure, and that those affected were paid £4.82 on average. “Unfortunately due to errors within some of our stores concerning time logging, 540 employees were accidentally underpaid the national minimum wage,” a H&M spokesperson told ITV News. “All such arrears were immediately processed and we accept that the errors should not have occurred.” Service station company Welcome Break was also named after it failed to pay £1,318.70 to 20 people.The firm cited a new IT problem as the reason for the error.Fifty-five employers have now been publicly named by the Government since a new regime came into force in October 2013.

The current minimum wage rates are:

  • Adult rate (21 and over) – £6.50 per hour
  • 18 to 20 year olds – £5.13 per hour
  • 16 to 17 year olds – £3.79 per hour
  • Apprentice rate – £2.73 per hour

All three major Westminster parties have said they want to increase the minimum wage, while trade unions have pressed for larger fines against firms found to be paying less than the statutory rates. Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. “If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them.” TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said those “named and shamed” are “only the tip of the iceberg”. “It’s good to see the Government getting tough on bad bosses who cheat hard-working employees out of the pay they’re legally entitled to. “But with over 600 employers being caught underpaying each year, those named and shamed today are only the tip of the iceberg.”

The 37 companies “named and shamed” by the Government are:

  • Kings Group LLP, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £53,808.91 to 53 workers
  • Kings Group Lettings LLP, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £26,893.43 to 49 workers
  • Chi Yip Group Ltd, Middleton, neglected to pay £15,566.78 to 13 workers
  • Kingsclere Nurseries Ltd trading as Abacus Day Nursery, Newbury, neglected to pay £12,904.19 to 8 workers
  • Ms Thap Thi Ly trading as Sweet N Sour, Fleetwood, neglected to pay £11,039.14 to 2 workers
  • Michael Kearney trading as Electrical Estimates, Ceredigion, neglected to pay £5,557.91 to 4 workers
  • ABC Early Learning and Childcare Centre UK Ltd, Wolverhampton, neglected to pay £5,329.25 to 68 workers
  • C J Hartley Ltd trading as Headwork, Sheffield, neglected to pay £4,762.64 to 4 workers
  • Mrs Kelly Jayne Lockley trading as Diva Hair Design, Walsall, neglected to pay £4,103.65 to a worker
  • Browncow Tanning Ltd trading as Fake Bake Hair & Beauty Boutique, Glasgow, neglected to pay £3,406.66 to 2 workers
  • J Wood Joiners & Builders Ltd, Edinburgh, neglected to pay £3,373.19 to 4 workers
  • Louise Ross Trading as Luxe Salon, Leeds, neglected to pay £3,368.13 to a worker
  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd, London, neglected to pay £2,604.87 to 540 workers
  • Building Projects Ltd, Dundee, neglected to pay £2,345.85 to 3 workers
  • David A Farrer Ltd, Morecambe, neglected to pay £2,261.00 to a worker
  • Julian’s Hair Salon Ltd, Newbury, neglected to pay £2,131.35 to a worker
  • Motorists Discount Store Ltd trading as TMS Autoparts, Manchester, neglected to pay £2,025.19 to a worker
  • Ms Dawn Platts trading as Level 2 Hair Studio, Barnsley, neglected to pay £1,186.89 to a worker
  • Myers and Family Ltd, Wakefield, neglected to pay £1.598.82 to a worker
  • Welcome Break Holdings Ltd, Newport Pagnell, neglected to pay £1,318.70 to 19 workers
  • Callum Austin Ltd trading as Jason Austin Hairdressers, Kettering, neglected to pay £1,899.66 to 2 workers
  • Mrs Karen Riley Trading as Crave, Preston, neglected to pay £1,179.09 to 7 workers
  • RPM Performance Rally World Ltd, Maldon, neglected to pay £998.71 to a worker
  • Ego Hair & Beauty (Anglia) Ltd, Colchester, neglected to pay £985.55 to a worker
  • Mr Jinit Shah trading as Crystal Financial Solutions, Middlesex, neglected to pay £941.65 to a worker
  • Counted4 Community Interest Company, Sunderland, neglected to pay £930.73 to a worker
  • HAE Automotive Services Ltd, Harrogate (ceased trading), neglected to pay £798.16 to a worker
  • Vision on Digital Ltd, Ossett, neglected to pay £683.86 to a worker
  • Ultimate Care UK Ltd, Ipswich, neglected to pay £613.79 to 7 workers
  • Century Motors (Sheffield) Ltd, Sheffield, neglected to pay £571.72 to a worker
  • Mr D Eastwell & Mr G Brinkler trading as The Salon, Letchworth Garden City, neglected to pay £409.85 to a worker
  • Rumble (Bedworth) Ltd, Nuneaton, neglected to pay £404.41 to a worker
  • Shannons Ltd, Worthing neglected to pay £313.76 to a worker
  • Holmes Cleaning Company, Worksop neglected to pay £240.48 to a worker
  • Learnplay Foundation Ltd, West Bromwich, neglected to pay £224.73 to a worker
  • Adrien Mackenzie trading as Maverick Models, Manchester, neglected to pay £205.52 to a worker
  • QW Security Ltd, Hartlepool, neglected to pay £126.20 to a worker

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