Premier League club fined for paying staff LESS than the minimum wage… but they WON’T be named and shamed by officials
- ‘It is shocking that some employers – including those who pay certain star staff millions of pounds a year – are cheating low-paid workers out of the minimum wage’ – TUC general secretary Frances Grady
- Club ordered to pay more than £27,500 to 3,000 staff
- Confidentiality rules mean they won’t be named
A Premier League club has been fined for paying staff less than the minimum wage.
The club – which HMRC did not name – made staff working in hospitality pay for their uniforms and made deductions for travelling time.
The Premier League outfit have been ordered to pay arrears of more than £27,500 to 3,000 workers.
Under fire: An unnamed Premier League club has been fined for paying staff less than the minimum wage
Asked why the club had not been named, a HMRC spokesman said: ‘HMRC dealt with these cases through the civil route, so our rules on taxpayer confidentiality apply.’
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady added: ‘It is shocking that some employers – including those who pay certain star staff millions of pounds a year – are cheating low-paid workers out of the minimum wage.
‘The penalties won by HMRC – which the government are rightly making even bigger – should be a clear deterrent to any bad bosses thinking about short-changing their staff.’
Business minister Jenny Willott said: ‘Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal and, as HMRC’s record shows, if employers break the law they will face tough consequences.
Clamping down: HMRC, who are based in Whitehall, are fining companies for not paying the minimum wage
‘We want to issue a clear warning to employers who fail to pay the minimum wage – under the Government’s new rules you will be named and shamed and face a stiff financial penalty.’
HMRC said more than £4.6m had been paid out to 22,000 people, including staff at the club, who had been paid below the £6.31 per hour minimum wage.