Named and shamed: Calderdale employers who failed to pay staff minimum wage

Employers in Calderdale made the list
Employers in Calderdale made the list

Calderdale employers have been named and shamed by the Government who have underpaid staff.

A total of 239 companies have failed to pay the national minimum wage and have now appeared on a Government list, with some cases stretching back seven years.

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Care homes, car washes, pubs, hairdressers, football and cricket clubs are among those said to have underpaid workers.

Around £1.4 million has been recovered in back pay for 22,400 workers, with employers fined almost £2 million.

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The Calderdale firms who made the list

Mr Mohammed Ismail, trading as Tesco Hand Car Wash in Calderdale, failed to pay £2,731.24 to four workers, with average arrears of £682.81 per worker

The Carroll Cleaning Company Limited, in the HX4 area, failed to pay £1,024.04 to 110 workers, with average arrears of £9.31 per worker

SAR Foods (UK) Ltd, trading as Kiplings, Calderdale HX6, failed to pay £939.87 to 8 workers, with average arrears of £117.48 per worker

The Black Horse Inn Restaurant with Rooms Ltd, trading as The Black Horse Inn in the HD6, failed to pay £453.59 to three workers, with average arrears of £151.20 per worker.

Ms Tracey Robertson, trading as Paw Prints, failed to pay £239.89 to eight workers, with average arrears of £29.99 per worker

Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: "Our priority is making sure workers know their rights and are getting the pay they worked hard for.

"Employers who don't do the right thing face fines as well as being hit with the bill for backpay.

"The UK's lowest paid workers have had the fastest wage growth in 20 years thanks to the introduction of the National Living Wage and today's list serves as a reminder to all employers to check they are getting their workers' pay right."

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Low Pay Commission chairman Bryan Sanderson said: "It is crucial that employers understand their responsibilities and workers know their rights around the minimum wage.

"That is why active enforcement and effective communication from Government is so important.

"It is therefore encouraging to see that HMRC has recovered unpaid wages for the largest number of workers yet in this round of naming and shaming.

"I'm confident that the Government will continue to pursue underpayment of the minimum wage vigorously."

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady commented: "Minimum wage underpayment is happening on an industrial scale.

"Any worker who has been cheated deserves compensation. And their employers should be named and shamed.

"These record-breaking figures show that investing in enforcement works.

"But we know that tens of thousands more workers are still being underpaid, so government must keep the pressure on."