Scotland politics

Low wage employers named and shamed by UK government

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Image caption The UK government decided to begin naming employers who failed to pay the minimum wage

An award-winning beauty parlour has been named and shamed as one of several Scottish businesses which failed to pay workers the minimum wage.

Two Scots building companies were also identified by the UK government on a list of 37 employers which withheld the correct rate from staff.

They owe workers a total of £177,000 and have been ordered to pay more than £51,000 in penalties.

Business Minister Jo Swinson branded their behaviour "illegal and immoral".

The national minimum wage is set at £6.50 per hour for adults.

The Scottish businesses among the 37 employers were:

  • Browncow Tanning, trading as Fake Bake Hair and Beauty Boutique, described on its website as having been "voted best hair and beauty salon in Glasgow", failed to pay £3,406 to two workers.
  • J Wood Joiners and Builders, in Edinburgh, failed to pay £3,373 to four workers.
  • Building Projects, in Dundee, failed to pay £2,345 to three workers.

Ms Swinson said: "Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable.

"If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them.

"As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage face penalties of up to £20,000."

National minimum wage - what you should be getting paid

  • Adult rate (21 and over) - £6.50 per hour
  • 18-20 year olds - £5.13 per hour
  • 16-17 year olds - £3.79 per hour
  • Apprentice rate (for aged 16 to 18 year-olds and those aged 19 in their first year) - £2.73 per hour

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