Wage short­fall af­ter ‘mis­cal­cu­la­tion’

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

A SOLIC­I­TORS firm has been named on a list of com­pa­nies which failed to pay min­i­mum wage.

Amanda Cun­liffe Solic­i­tors on St Ge­orges Place, Mac­cles­field is on a gov­ern­ment list of 360 busi­nesses which un­der­paid work­ers.

The firm failed to pay a to­tal of £248.39 to five work­ers who should have been paid the min­i­mum wage rate in 2013 and 2014.

This rate rose part way through the year in Oc­to­ber 2013. It rose by 12p for adults to £6.31 and by 5p to £5.03 for 18 to 20 year olds.

A com­pany spokesman said the firm mis­cal­cu­lated what each worker should be paid by di­vid­ing salaries into 52 weeks, while HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms di­vided by 52.1429 weeks.

The spokesman said: “There was an un­for­tu­nate oc­cur­rence a num­ber of years ago where min­i­mum wage was not paid as a re­sult of a mis­cal­cu­la­tion. “HMRC worked out the un­der­pay­ment based on an hourly rate di­vided by 52.1429 weeks as op­posed to 52 weeks. We em­ploy more than 100 staff and owed five junior work­ers, rang­ing from £11 to £74, ac­crued over two years.

“We rec­ti­fied the sit­u­a­tion im­me­di­ately.

“We sup­port the need for min­i­mum wage leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect work­ers and ad­justed our sys­tems to en­sure this never hap­pens again.”

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