Belfast Telegraph

Almost 50 Northern Ireland employers are shamed over minimum wages

By John Mulgrew

A Northern Ireland nursery has been named among almost 50 employers who failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.

Mrs Geraldine Kelly, trading as New Hope Creche in Enniskillen, neglected to pay £344.30 to 11 workers, according to the latest Government list.

The 48 employers, who owed a total of £162,000 in arrears, were in sectors ranging from fashion and publishing, to health and fitness and retail, with penalties totalling over £67,000.

More than 200 employers have now been "named and shamed" by the Government across the UK since a new regime came into force in October 2013, with total arrears of £635,000 and penalties of almost £250,000.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: "There's no excuse for companies that don't pay staff the wages they're entitled to - whether by wilfully breaking the law, or making irresponsible mistakes.

"The Government is protecting workers by cracking down on employers who ignore minimum wage rules.

"In addition to naming and shaming, we've increased the penalty fines and boosted the resources available to investigate non-compliance."

The latest cases included French Connection, London, which the Business Department said neglected to pay £16,400 to 367 workers; Toni & Guy, Wilmslow, said to owe £1,031 to one worker; Call & Deliver, trading as Pizza Hut, Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, owes £163 to nine workers and 99p Stores, Northampton, £633 to 11 workers.

The cases were all investigated by HM Revenue and Customs.

Belfast Telegraph