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Named & Shamed: Wage Underpayers

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HollyDaze Sun 08-Jun-14 08:35:55

Very refereshing news that employers who wilfully underpayed the minimum wage to their employees are being fined £20,000 for each employee they keep below the minimum wage (no mention of if they have to reimburse each employee but I hope that is the case).

At last, something being done about unscrupulous employers!

Agus Sun 08-Jun-14 08:45:54

That is refreshing. Especially the 'unnamed' Premier League football club who pay their players obscene amounts of money!

Kiora Sun 08-Jun-14 08:56:21

Why is the 'unnamed' football club unnamed?

HollyDaze Sun 08-Jun-14 09:06:03

Hmm, Eagle-Eyed Kiora! I hadn't spotted that connection blush

That does seem especially galling though doesn't it Agus - to pay footballers the extreme amounts that they do but treat those lower down the ladder with such disdain. Shameful. They should have named the club.

Eloethan Sun 08-Jun-14 18:38:34

This appears to be a step in the right direction but I don't understand what was meant by HMRC pursuing two claims (the football club and a recruitment agency) through the "civil route" and why that meant they were allowed to remain anonymous.

Any efforts to prevent employers from withholding the minimum wage are good but I can't help but wonder whether much larger organisations - who can afford to pay expensive lawyers - devise other ways of circumventing the minimum wage law. The businesses "named and shamed" seem to be quite small and hardly household names. Is it again a case of HMRC steering clear of confronting big business?

granjura Sun 08-Jun-14 18:45:21

Totally out of order to name and shame but then protect the football club. I am not in the UK, but if I was I would demand, via the Press and my MP- for said club to be also named and shamed.