Blog : BOARD TALK
|Posted on January 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
The UK government is to be applauded today for starting a £1.7 million National Minimum Wage campaign, complete with a list of published excuses people use not to cough up.
Looking at said excuses, I have to wonder at the levels of intelligence, knowledge and judgement. It's no wonder we are now in this stalled mess of Brexit. When will we learn to call it a problem before it escalates into a much bigger one?
The awareness campaign hopes to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum ahead of the national minimum and national living wages rising on 1 April. Investigators from HMRC are behind the revelations: get ready for some of the worst excuses given to them by employers caught out for underpaying staff.
"The employee wasn’t a good worker so I didn’t think they deserved to be paid the National Minimum Wage.
It’s part of UK culture not to pay young workers for the first three months as they have to prove their ‘worth’ first.
I thought it was ok to pay foreign workers below the National Minimum Wage as they aren’t British and therefore don’t have the right to be paid it.
She doesn’t deserve the National Minimum Wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.
I’ve got an agreement with my workers that I won’t pay them the National Minimum Wage; they understand and they even signed a contract to this effect.
My accountant and I speak a different language – he doesn't understand me and that's why he doesn’t pay my workers the correct wages.
My workers like to think of themselves as being self-employed and the National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to people who work for themselves.
My workers are often just on standby when there are no customers in the shop; I only pay them for when they’re actually serving someone.
My employee is still learning so they aren't entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
The National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to my business."
It's not a very good ad for an educated Britain, is it ?
Reminder: by law, all workers must be paid at least £7.20 an hour if they are aged 25 and over, or the National Minimum Wage rate relevant to their age if they are younger.
Perhaps boardrooms could ensure the message filters down. Posters in the canteen ?