Calderdale firms failed to pay minimum wage

Calderdale companies are among 197 firms who have been named and shamed by the Government for failing to pay their staff the national minimum wage.

Earn Extra based on Phoenix Court off Wakefield Road, Brighouse, was found to have owed £453.48 to one of its employees.

Omega Proteins Ltd, Halifax owed *8,977.51 to five workers and William Priestley Salon Ltd owed £830.69 to one employee.

Between them and the other companiens that were publicly named by business minister Margot James, the 197 businesses owed £465,291 in arreas, across a range of employers including football clubs, hotels, care homes and hairdressers.

After a Government investigation, all of that money has now been paid back.

Business Minister Margot James said since the national living wage scheme was introduced in October 2013, 688 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of more than £3.5 million.

“This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privilged few.

“That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, National Living Wage.

“It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.

“So we’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them.”

The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over was introduced in April this year, which was meant a pay rise of more that £900 a year for someone previously working full time on the National Minimum Wage.

It is an employer’s responsibility to be aware of the different minimum wage rates depending on the circumstances of their workers and to make sure all eligible workers are paid at least the minimum rate they are entitled to.

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