Worksop: Business ‘named and shamed’ for not paying National Minimum Wage

A Worksop employer has been ‘named and shamed’ after failing to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Vape, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop.
Vape, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop.

Vape Worksop Ltd, Newcastle Avenue, has been outed by business minister Nick Boles as having neglected to pay a total of £692.55 to one worker.

The company has been listed amongst 75 employers who owe £153,000 in arrears between them.

All cases were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Mr Boles said: “As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.

“When the new National Living Wage is introduced next April we will enforce robustly. This means that the hard-working people of the UK will get the pay rise they deserve.”

The findings, which were announced on Thursday, July 30, brings the total number of companies ‘named and shamed’ under the scheme, which was introduced in October 2013, to 285 employers, with total arrears of over £788,000 and total penalties of over £325,000.

The scheme was revised in October 2013 to make it simpler to highlight employers that do not comply with minimum wage rules.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said: “It’s outrageous that some companies are still paying people less than the minimum wage and it’s right that they are named and shamed – they should not be able to get away with paying poverty wages and I hope that this deters other companies from doing the same.”

The current NMW for adults is £6.50 per hour. It will increase to £6.70 on October 1.

A spokesman for Vape Worksop Ltd, said: “I am not aware of any incidents of paying our staff below the National Minimum Wage.

“All our staff have been paid above the National Minimum Wage and always will be.”