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“MINOR UNINTENTIONAL BREACH”: Company failed to pay minimum wage to nearly 2,000 employees

 Published on: 11th March 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Watford business has been included on a government list of employers who failed to pay the minimum wage to employees.

The list, published on February 20, reveals that 524 employers had failed to pay their workers nearly £16million in a breach of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) law, following an investigation between 2015 and 2023.

Included on the list is Wickes Building Supplies Limited in Watford, which failed to pay 1,871 of its workers £17,186.64.

A spokesperson for Wickes told WATFORDnews: “In 2017, HMRC carried out a NMW audit on the Travis Perkins Group (TPG). At that time, Wickes was a wholly owned subsidiary of TPG.

“The audit concluded in 2019 and found a minor unintentional breach by Wickes that resulted in an average underpayment of £9.19 to 1,871 colleagues. The error was related to colleague lottery and the end of shifts being incorrectly recorded. It was rectified immediately, with the underpayment settled in 2019.

“Wickes is committed to ensuring that we comply with all legislation and pay our colleagues at least NMW. Following the demerger from TPG, we have implemented our own NMW processes and taken proactive steps to ensure that we remain compliant.”

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