Named and shamed: Wagamama heads government list of minimum wage underpayers

Named and shamed: Wagamama heads government list of minimum wage underpayers

The government recovered back pay for the 9,200 workers affected and fined the employers a total of £1.3m for breaking national minimum wage laws.

Marriott Hotels was the second-worst offender on the government list, having to repay £71,723 to 279 workers.

Pizza delivery and takeaway 1st Pizza Direct in Inverness underpaid 87 staff by a total of £25668 while Citi Dental Surgery in Glasgow owed a total of £8733 to two workers.

It said that would make it easier for 300,000 workers to check that they were being paid the legal minimum.

It comes ahead of the next rate rise on 1 April, when the National Living Wage will go up from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour.

The club was named by the Government on a list of almost 180 employers for underpaying staff.

Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said: "It is simply unacceptable for bosses to rip off their staff by not paying at least minimum wage rates".

Wagamama Limited, Westminster W1F, failed to pay £133,212.42 to 2,630 workers. "As a result, the reported breach will not recur and the club is confident that we are now fully compliant with all current regulations", a Stoke City spokesperson said. Martyn Dobinson, Director at Saffery Champness in Manchester, said: "We were aware previous year of a number of instances where HMRC was carrying out compliance checks in the rural sector to see that minimum wage levels were being met". 9,200 minimum wage workers were cheated out of £1.1 million.

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It said: 'This was an inadvertent misunderstanding of how the minimum wage regulations apply to uniforms and as soon as we were made aware of this in 2016 we acted immediately to correct the position.

"There are no excuses for short-changing workers".

All affected staff have been reimbursed.

Management had previously asked front-of-house staff to wear black jeans, pants or a black skirt with company branded tops.

'This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught.

'We apologise to all our associates impacted by this error and have taken steps to ensure it can not happen again'.

Later this month, the government will launch an awareness campaign for the new minimum wage rates. "We have also updated our uniform policy and now pay a uniform supplement as we should have done so before".

"The Low Pay Commission is pleased to see the government maintaining the momentum of its minimum wage enforcement".

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