Barking bakery named and shamed for underpaying two workers
PUBLISHED: 12:49 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:55 17 February 2017
A bakery in Barking has been named and shamed for failing to pay two workers the minimum wage.
Shannons Bakers in Farr Avenue, features on the government’s shame list of 359 companies.
The company underpaid two workers by £1,227.17.
The list released annually and for the first time includes companies that failed to pay the new National Living Wage rate, which is currently £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over.
The most prolific offenders were companies in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail trade and the most used excuses for underpaying staff included using tips to top up pay, docking wages to pay for their Christmas party and making staff pay for their own uniforms out of their salary.
Margot James, Business Minister, said: “Every worker in the UK is entitled to at least the national minimum or living wage and this government will ensure they get it.
“That is why we have named and shamed more than 350 employers who failed to pay the legal minimum, sending the clear message to employers that minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished.”