More than 100 employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage have been named and shamed, with seven hotels across the UK making an appearance in the list.
Between them, the 115 companies named owed workers over £389,000 in arrears, and span sectors including hairdressing, retail, education, catering and social care.
From the hotel sector, the Spirit Pub Company in Burton on Trent, Greenwoods Hotel and Spa in Stock, Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, Strathmore Hotels, The Court Hotel in Bromley, Huddleson Enterprises Ltd, trading as The Lock Keeper’s Inn, Belfast, and The Manor Hotel in Christchurch were
highlighted as falling short of paying some of their employees the minimum wage.
Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, to 400 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of over £1,181,000 and total penalties of over £513,000.
Business minister Nick Boles said: “Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.
“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.
“Next April we will introduce a new National Living Wage which will mean a £900-a-year pay rise for someone working full time on the minimum wage and we will enforce this equally robustly.”
On 1 October 2015, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose to £6.70. Employers should be aware of the different rates for the National Minimum Wage depending on the circumstances of their workers.
The full details of the hotel offenders are stated below:
1. Greenwoods Hotel Management Ltd, trading as Greenwoods Hotel and Spa, Stock, neglected to pay £3,545.18 to 2 workers.
2. Ellenborough Park Ltd, trading as Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cheltenham, neglected to pay £1,084.01 to 1 worker.
3. Strathmore Hotels Ltd, trading as Royal Hotel, Argyll, and Salutation Hotel, Perth, neglected to pay £609.97 to 2 workers.
4. The Court Hotel (Bromley) Ltd, Bromley, neglected to pay £230.67 to 3 workers
5. Huddleson Enterprises Ltd, trading as The Lock Keeper’s Inn, Belfast, neglected to pay £132.35 to 7 workers.
6. MLVH Ltd, trading as The Manor Hotel, Christchurch, neglected to pay £124.89 to 1 worker.