Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Wagamama fined for failing to pay the minimum wage

TGI Friday's- one of the High street chains that have topped a list of firms Wagamama fined for failing to pay the minimum wage
Orlando Vargas | 10 March, 2018, 05:28

Bryan Sanderson, chairman of the Low Pay Commission, added: "As the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates rise on 1 April, it is vital that workers understand their rights, and employers their obligations".

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. The guilty companies, which include scores of small businesses, will have to pay back £2.4 million in wages and fines.

HM Revenue and Customs found it had breached rules by requiring them to buy uniforms.

Saints said all affected staff have now been reimbursed. It "didn't realise that asking our front of house staff to wear casual black jeans or skirt, with their Wagamama branded top, was considered as asking them..."

"We apologise to all our associates impacted by this error, and have taken steps to ensure it can not happen again".

'To confirm, TGI Fridays does pay the National Minimum Wage hourly rate, ' they said.

The Scottish firms are among 179 employers across the United Kingdom named in the latest round of the scheme to expose those who fail to pay the minimum wage, which ranges from £7.50 an hour for over 25s to £4.05 an hour for under-18s and £3.50 for apprentices.

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Merthyr Tydfil located Porth Stores failed to pay two employees £4,454.29, Nath Stores in Stockton-on-Tees failed to pay £1,823.69 to one worker, Essex-based Plaistow Broadway Filling Stations failed to pay £535.53 to one worker, Wigan-based SM News failed to pay one worker £120, and East Riding-based Billy Rays Stores failed to pay one employee £161.67.

Wagamama Limited, Westminster W1F, failed to pay £133,212.42 to 2,630 workers.

The seven staff left out of pocket at Stoke City will be particularly galled, given the club's billionaire owner Denise Coates paid herself more than £200million in 2016 through her ownership of Bet365.

'We have gladly made payments to current and previous employees who missed out dating back from 2016 to 2013'. The government has also committed £25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018.

'The total figure quoted in today's HMRC list relates to reimbursing team members a shoe allowance.

Wages: Employers must repay nearly £75,000 (file pic). We have also updated our uniform policy and we now pay a uniform supplement to cover the black jeans.

Later this month BEIS 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.

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