Somerset companies named for not paying minimum wage

The Government has named 202 companies who failed to pay staff the minimum wage. In total they failed to pay their workers almost £5 million in a clear breach of National Minimum Wage (NMW) law. That left around 63,000 workers out of pocket.

The named employers were ordered to repay workers. In addition in total they face penalties of nearly £7 million.

The businesses named in today’s list have since paid back what they owe to their staff. They were identified during investigations by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs concluded between 2017 and 2019.

Government say todays list sends a clear message. That no employer is exempt from paying their workers the statutory minimum wage.

Three of those 202 companies named are in Somerset and are:

Hunter’s Moon UK Limited, trading as Margaret Kimber, Glastonbury, BA6, failed to pay £3,653.22 to 8 workers.

Toolstation Limited, Bridgwater, TA6, failed to pay £3,090.18 to 79 workers.

Mr Richard Woodland, trading as Woodland Autos, Chard, TA20, failed to pay £1,530.42 to 1 worker.

In a message to employers a government statement noted not all minimum wage underpayments are intentional. However there is no excuse for underpaying workers.

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