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Naming+Shaming For Better #CorpGov

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 7:05 PM

There are probably still people out there who think that this is 'Not Done.'

But the UK coalition government is naming and shaming business in a bid to change corporate behaviour. It has done this before, regarding all-male corporate boardrooms.

Today it has named and shamed 27 employers who fail to pay the Minimum Wage. Since the new 'naming' regime came into force in October 2013, it has already named 55 employers who had total arrears of over £139,000 to employees and earned total penalties of over £60,000.

"Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them" says Jo Swinson, Business Minister.

"We are also looking at what more we can do to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place. As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage face penalties of upto £20,000. We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer" she added.

A full list is available here. There is also to be a rise in the HMRC National Minimum Wage Enforcement budget. It is to be increased by a further £3m in 2015/16 to a total of £12.2m.

Here's a a random selection of offending businesses ...starting with those owing workers the largest sums:

Kings Group LLP Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £53,808.91 to 53 workers

Kings Group Lettings LLP Hertfordhsire (am i seeing double?) neglected to pay £26,893.43 to 49 workers

Chi Yip Group Ld., Middleton, neglected to pay £15,566.78 to 13 workers

Mrs Kelly Jayne Lockley trading as Diva Hair Design, Walsall, neglected to pay £4,103.65 to a worker

H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd., London, neglected to pay £2,604.87 to 540 workers  oh DEAR, major brand...

It goes on and on....and it has to be said, be careful it seems, if you work for a hairdresser. Or if you owe me money....

These are all cases investigated by HM Revenue & Customs after workers made complaints to the free and confidential Pay and Work Rights Helpine.

The smallest amount cited is £126.20 - which QW Security Ltd. Hartlepool, neglected to pay to a worker.

#MinimumWage #LivingWage #Pay - all three are set to be issues ahead of a general election. Woe betide any business that provides the material for a media story....



Categories: Corporate, Accountability, Scrutiny