John Lewis hits out after being named Britain’s worst minimum wage offender

John Lewis is embroiled in a row with the Government after being named and shamed as Britain’s worst minimum wage offender.

A listing of 191 companies which have damaged wage legal guidelines way back to 2011, starting from retailers to soccer golf equipment, was printed on Thursday by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

It was claimed that investigations by HM Revenue & Customs discovered about £2.1 million was owed to 34,000 employees throughout all the businesses.

At the highest of the listing was John Lewis, which was stated to have did not pay greater than £940,000 to 19,392 employees, the very best of any business named.

It is known bosses on the retailer have been livid to study of the general public shaming by the Government over a scenario that was stated to have been resolved years in the past.

A spokesman for the John Lewis Partnership stated: “We’re stunned and upset that [the Business Department] has chosen to report this right now.

“This was a technical breach that occurred 4 years in the past, has been fastened and which we ourselves made public on the time.

“The issue arose because the partnership smooths pay so thatpPartners with variable pay get the same amount each month, helping them to budget.”

The spokesman added that the company’s minimum hourly pay had by no means been beneath the nationwide minimum wage and presently sat 15 per cent above it.

Football golf equipment additionally named and shamed

The Business Department stated employers have been named primarily based on when the investigations closed – which, in John Lewis’s case, was September 2018.

The solely earlier “named and shamed” listing launched by the Business Department was in December 2020 and didn’t title any companies whose investigations have been closed as late as that date.

Other organisations named by the Government included Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic, Crewe Alexandra, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth soccer golf equipment, in addition to The Body Shop International, Worcestershire Cricket Club and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Paul Scully, the Business minister, stated: “Our minimum wage legal guidelines are there to make sure a good day’s work will get a good day’s pay. It is unacceptable for any company to return up quick. All employers, together with these on this listing, have to pay employees correctly.

“This Government will continue to protect workers’ rights vigilantly, and employers that short change workers won’t get off lightly.”

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