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Named and shamed: The East Anglian companies who underpaid their staff

PUBLISHED: 09:35 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 09 March 2018

£7.50, the national minimum wage.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

£7.50, the national minimum wage. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The government has released the latest name-and-shame list of companies which have been underpaying staff - browse the full list here.

High street restaurant chain Wagamama leads the latest name-and-shame list of companies not paying the minimum wage to their workers.

The list, published by the government, shows that the chain underpaid 2,630 workers a total of £133,212, or an average of £50.65 each, between April 2013 and April 2016.

A total of 179 employers who have underpaid 9,200 minimum wage workers by £1.1m have been named on the list, with the most prolific offenders retailers, hospitality businesses and hairdressers.

As well as recovering back-pay for workers, the government has fined the companies a total of £1.3m for breaking the law.

In Norfolk, the only company to be named on the list was SBDP1 Ltd, which runs the Coach House care home in Hemsby, which was found to have underpaid 67 staff a total of £2,275 – equivalent to £33.95 per worker – between January 31, 2011 and August 7, 2016.

It comes ahead of the next rate rise on April 1, when the national living wage – the rebranded minimum wage for over-25s – will go up from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour.

The government is to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new rates and encourage workers to speak to their employer if they think they are being underpaid.

Business minister Andrew Griffiths said: “There are no excuses for short-changing workers. This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught – not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed.

“Today’s naming round serves as a sharp reminder to employers to get their house in order ahead of minimum wage rate rises on April 1.”

This 14th naming round comes after the government published its Good Work plan last month, which announced the right to a payslip for all workers. The new law is likely to benefit around 300,000 UK workers who do not currently get a payslip.

For those paid by the hour, payslips will also have to include how many hours the worker is paid for, which the government said would make pay easier to understand and challenge.

The Coach House in Hemsby has been approached for comment.

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