Hospitality businesses including leading companies such as Wagamama, Marriott Hotels and TGI Fridays are among 179 businesses that have been “named and shamed” by the government for failing to pay the minimum wage.
The latest list, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, names 179 employers for failing to pay record 9,200 workers £1.1m collectively.
Wagamama was said to have failed to pay £133,212 to 2,630 workers, the most of any of the companies named, TGI Friday’s, meanwhile, short-changed 2,302 of its staff by £59,348.
Business minister Andrew Griffiths said: “There are no excuses for shortchanging workers”. This is an absolute red line for this government, and employers who cross it will get caught – not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed.
“Minimum wage dodgers must have nowhere to hide”. “Today’s naming round serves as a sharp reminder to employers to get their house in order ahead of minimum wage rate rises on 1 April”.
Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage must pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates and also faces financial penalties of up to 200pc of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker.