Furniture Clinic and Newcastle Boiler Company among companies named for not paying minimum wage – .

Furniture Clinic and Newcastle Boiler Company among companies named for not paying minimum wage – .

A Newcastle-based furniture cleaning company and boiler company were named among dozens of companies that failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.
Furniture Clinic Limited in County Durham reportedly paid 19 workers less than minimum wage, underpaying them by a total of £ 2,736.71.

Meanwhile, Border Heating Spares Limited in Newcastle reportedly failed to pay a worker minimum wage, underpaying £ 1,023.86.

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Border Heating Spares said the error occurred when the company hired someone on a trial basis who wanted to do an apprenticeship and was paid what they would have earned on that apprenticeship.

A spokesperson for Border Heating Spares said, “It got to a point where I either took it or didn’t take it. Since that didn’t work I had to let him go, he stayed here for about five months.

“Then I got a letter saying that I hadn’t paid him properly even though it was agreed that I would pay him what he got in apprenticeship.

“He was right, I hadn’t paid him correctly, I should have paid him more. I thought I was right, but I was wrong.

“It was a lesson learned, I had no intention of going out and not paying it properly. When I hire more staff, this will not happen again. “

Elsewhere in the region, Mr Rupert Galliers-Pratt in Northumberland did not pay seven workers £ 64,094.37.

Feel Good Group Limited, operating as The Tanning Shop, Darlington, also failed to pay £ 34,738.83 to 355 workers while Broadway Travel Service (Wimbledon) Limited in Newcastle failed to pay 4,200 , £ 89 to six workers.

Dust In Time (NE) Limited, Sunderland, also failed to pay six workers £ 3,362.46 while DMJ Ventures Limited, Darlington, failed to pay one worker £ 506.60.

Meanwhile Mr Yogesh Rishi, trading as Eston Fish Bar in Redcar and Cleveland, failed to pay two workers £ 2,236.77.

It was found that the eight employers failed to pay their workers nearly £ 113,000 in flagrant violation of national minimum wage law, leaving around 400 workers out of pocket.

The companies across the country named today range from multinational corporations and big names on the streets to SMEs and independent traders, in a clear message that no employer is exempt from paying their employees the legal minimum wage.

These companies have since had to reimburse what they owed their staff and also faced significant financial penalties of up to 200% of what was owed, which are paid to the government.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs investigations ended between 2014 and 2019.

Labor Markets Minister Paul Scully said: “We want workers to know that we are on their side and that they should be treated fairly by their employers, which is why paying the statutory minimum wage should not be not be negotiable for companies.

“Today’s 208 companies, regardless of their size, should know that we should not replace hardworking employees, whether intentional or not.

“With Christmas fast approaching, it is more important than ever that money is not taken out of the pockets of working people. So don’t be a con artist – pay your staff well. “

The government has said that everyone entitled to the minimum wage should receive it and that strong enforcement action will be taken against employers who do not pay their staff properly.

Since 2015, the budget for enforcing the minimum wage has doubled as the government ordered employers to reimburse more than £ 100million to 1million workers.

Bryan Sanderson, Chairman of the Low Pay Commission, added, “The minimum wage is a welcome achievement for employees and employers, but it only works if everyone, without exception, follows the law.

“We hope this latest round of appointments can continue to raise awareness of the most common mistakes companies make and help protect low-wage workers from unfair treatment. “

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