Minimum Wage

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    The government has named and shamed some 191 employers, including John Lewis, Pret A Manger and The Body Shop, for paying workers under the national minimum wage.

    Investigations by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs found that employers owed a total of £2.1m to over 34,000 workers who were underpaid between 2011 and 2018. Named employers have since been ordered to pay back what they owed and were fined an additional £3.2m.

    Since 2015 the government has ordered employers to pay back over £100mto a million workers.

    The government detailed a number of ways in which breaches could occur, including when workers were paid the minimum wage rate or slightly higher and then had deductions from their pay for uniforms or accommodation.

    Of the employers named in the government’s list, almost 50% wrongly deducted pay from workers’ wages, including for uniforms and expenses, and almost a third failed to pay workers for all the time they had worked, such as when they worked overtime. Almost a fifth of employers paid the incorrect apprenticeship rate, the government said.


    Amazing how many excuses these companies come up with.

    A report last week about the USA said NO employee on full time minimum wage could afford to rent ANYWHERE in the entire country.

    England is getting very close to this. The cheapest one bed flat in Eastbourne on the South Coast (a town traditionally about the cheapest place to live along the coast) is £650 per month. With Council Tax and bills etc this is going to cost £1000 a month. For the cheapest. For Brighton, one beds start at £900 per month. Bexhill, with the oldest population in the UK…..nothing to rent.

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