Aug 5, 2021

John Lewis on ‘named and shamed’ list for breaching minimum wage

John Lewis was included on a list of employers "Named and shamed" by the UK government for paying staff below the legal minimum on Thursday, as ministers seek to show they are clamping down on abuses of workers' rights. The government's list of 191 employers fined by HM Revenue & Customs for breaches of minimum wage law between 2011 and 2018 included companies ranging from national retail chains to care homes and childcare providers, beauty salons and a stud farm. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said those named had owed a total of £2.1m to over 34,000 workers, and had been fined an additional £3.2m. Almost half had wrongly deducted pay from workers' wages, including for uniform and expenses; 30 per cent had failed to pay staff for all the time they had worked; and 19 per cent had paid the wrong apprenticeship rate. "Our minimum wage laws are there to ensure a fair day's work gets a fair day's pay - it is unacceptable for any company to come up short," said Paul Scully, business minister. Average minimum hourly pay had never fallen below the minimum wage, John Lewis said.

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