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‘She only makes the tea’: New government campaign reveals excuses employers have used to not pay minimum wage

(Nick Ansell/PA Wire)
(Nick Ansell/PA Wire)

EXCUSES for not paying the minimum wage have been revealed as part of a new government campaign making sure workers know how much they are entitled to receive.

One employer said someone “wasn’t a good worker”, while another said he thought it was OK to pay foreign staff below the statutory rate.

HM Revenue and Customs also investigated someone who said: “She doesn’t deserve the national minimum wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.”

The Government has launched the £1.7 million awareness campaign to spell out the minimum wage and national living wage for older workers.

Business Minister Margot James said: “There are no excuses for underpaying staff what they are legally entitled to.

“This campaign will raise awareness among the lowest paid in society about what they must legally receive and I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be paid less to contact Acas as soon as possible.

“Every call is followed up by HMRC and we are determined to make sure everybody in work receives a fair wage.”