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More NMW Breaches and Fines

Yet again HMRC has named and shamed some big employers for breaching the National Minimum Wage regulations. 191 firms were found to have paid their staff too little. It is easily done if you are not a payroll expert as many of these related to technical payroll issues.

Many of the National Minimum Wage breaches affected apprenticeships. To help employers, the government has since issued new guidance for employers to ensure they know what they must do to pay all workers, including apprentices correctly. See for the Apprentice Bulletin.

But other breaches related to deductions for deductions for things like accommodation or uniform which took those close (but above) the minimum wage for their age to below the allowed rates.

Some of the employers officially named and shamed by HMRC include:
• John Lewis plc: £941,355.67 to 19,392 workers
• The Body Shop International Limited: £34,670.81 to 959 workers
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited: £25,438.82 to 65 workers
• The Sheffield United Football Club Limited: £21,802.17 to 25 workers
• Worcestershire County Cricket Trading Limited: £129,19.37 to two workers
• Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited: £9,679.91 to 33 workers

If you want to know more and find links to see all the employers affected and how employees can check their wages, go to

If you are concerned that you may be in danger of inadvertently breaching the regulations, please contact us for advice.
Posted on 07 Sep 2021
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