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Employers named and shamed for underpaying minimum wage

6 July 2018

Northern Ireland employers must understand their minimum wage duties as the latest list of local offenders are named and shamed

HM Revenue & Customs has identified and named 239 businesses who underpaid their workers the national minimum wage and living wage rates.

This includes a total of 11 employers from Northern Ireland.

As well as recovering arrears for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers, HM Revenue & Customs also issued record fines totalling £1.97 million.

The top five reasons for National Minimum and Living Wage underpayments for the latest list were:

  • taking deductions from wages for costs such as uniforms
  • underpaying apprentices
  • failing to pay travel time
  • misusing the accommodation offset
  • using the wrong time periods for calculating pay

Employers’ responsibility on minimum wage
Employers have a duty to be aware of and comply with the different National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

The government is committed to ensuring all employers are compliant with minimum wage legislation and the effective enforcement of it. Find out more about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - enforcement.