Blues shamed over min­i­mum wage

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

BIRM­ING­HAM City Foot­ball Club was among al­most 180 em­ploy­ers named and shamed by the Gov­ern­ment for un­der­pay­ing min­i­mum wage work­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to new Gov­ern­ment fig­ures, Blues failed to pay £5,650 to 534 work­ers.

Other well-known busi­nesses on the list in­cluded Waga­mama and Mar­riott Ho­tels, while Pre­mier­ship foot­ball team Stoke City was also iden­ti­fied.

Across the coun­try it said em­ploy­ers had been un­der­pay­ing more than 9,000 min­i­mum wage work­ers by £1.1 mil­lion.

As well as re­cov­er­ing back pay for 9,200 work­ers, the Gov­ern­ment also fined the em­ploy­ers a to­tal of £1.3 mil­lion in penal­ties for break­ing na­tional min­i­mum wage laws.

The most pro­lific of­fend­ing sec­tors in this round were re­tail­ers, hos­pi­tal­ity dressers.

It comes ahead of the next rate rise on April 1, when the Na­tional Liv­ing Wage will go up from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour.

Ap­pren­tices un­der the age of 19 and those in the first year of their ap­pren­tice­ship will ben­e­fit from a record 5.7 per cent rise.

Later this month the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy will 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.

Bryan San­der­son, chair­man of the Low Pay Com­mis­sion, said: “As the Na­tional Liv­ing Wage and Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage rates rise, it is vi­tal that work­ers un­der­stand their rights, and em­ploy­ers their obli­ga­tions. The Low Pay Com­mis- busi­nesses and hair- sion is pleased to see the Gov­ern­ment main­tain­ing the mo­men­tum of its min­i­mum wage en­force­ment. The re­cent an­nounce­ment that all work­ers will have a right to payslips stat­ing the hours they have worked – an idea orig­i­nally pro­posed by the LPC – is a pos­i­tive step.”

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, mak­ing pay eas­ier to un­der­stand and chal­lenge if it is wrong.

Em­ploy­ers who pay work­ers less than the min­i­mum wage not only have to pay back ar­rears of wages to the worker at cur­rent min­i­mum wage rates but also face fi­nan­cial penal­ties of up to 200 per cent of ar­rears, capped at £20,000 per worker.

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