HR · 15 February 2017

Debenhams becomes latest big retailer to be named and shamed

Debenhams named and shamed
Staff at Debenhams were not paid what was owed to them
High street retail brand Debenhams has joined the likes of French Connection, H&M and Foot Locker in being named and shamed by the government for underpaying staff.

In a move which began in October 2013, employers large and small around the UK have had underpayment sanctions taken to a new level through being named and shamed.

The latest crop of companies to be exposed, this time totalling more than 350, have underpaid 15, 520 workers a total of nearly 1m. According to the government, businesses in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail sectors are the most prolific offenders.

Business minister Margot James said businesses named and shamed will have been sent a clear message that minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished.

every worker in the UK is entitled to at least the National Minimum or Living Wage, and this government will ensure they get it, she added.

The Denenhams offences included failing to pay 134, 894 to 11, 858 workers, equating to an average of 11.38 per person. While the retail chain’s payments owed to each member of staff were comparatively small, Hull-based Drivecheck failed to pay an average of 4, 060 to sixemployees.

Dental clinic Tasman, located in London, owes 11, 799 to a solitary worker, while Glover’s Bakery in Preston underpaid a total of 11, 799 to two members of staff.

Find out the difference between the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage



Hunter Ruthven was previously editor of Business Advice. He was also the editor of Real Business, the UK's most-read website for entrepreneurs and business leaders at the helm of growing SMEs.

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