Care and nursing homes were among the 239 employers named and shamed by the government today for failing to pay the National Living and Minimum Wage.
The government today said 22,400 workers would receive £1.44m in back pay with employers fined an additional £1.97m for underpaying their staff.
Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: “Our priority is making sure workers know their rights and are getting the pay they worked hard for. Employers who don’t do the right thing face fines as well as being hit with the bill for backpay.”
The main reasons listed by the government for failure to pay the National Minimum and Living Wage were: taking deductions from wages for costs such as uniforms; underpaying apprentices; failing to pay travel time; misusing the accommodation offset; and using the wrong time periods for calculating pay.
Employers who pay workers less than the Minimum Wage have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current Minimum Wage rates and face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker.
The care homes named by the government were:
Sunnymead Residential Home, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT61, failed to pay £6,507.01 to 76 workers, with average arrears of £85.62 per worker
TC Carehome Limited, Argyll and Bute PA23, failed to pay £6,087.16 to 39 workers, with average arrears of £156.08 per worker
Green Gables, Elmhurst & Oakdene Care Homes, Bradford BD12, failed to pay £3,578.80 to 72 workers, with average arrears of £49.71 per worker
The Tilery Nursing Home, Fermanagh and Omagh BT92, failed to pay £2,423.50 to 33 workers, with average arrears of £73.44 per worker
Clarkson House Residential Care Home Ltd, Tameside OL6, failed to pay £1,563.75 to 1 worker, with average arrears of £1,563.75 per worker
The Firs Nursing Home, Taunton Deane TA2 , failed to pay £472.92 to 44 workers, with average arrears of £10.75 per worker
Mount Pleasant Care Home, Teignbridge TQ12, failed to pay £435 to 1 worker, with average arrears of £435 per worker
Benore Care Home, Fife KY5, failed to pay £367.63 to 41 workers, with average arrears of £8.97 per worker
Heathfield House Nursing Homes Limited, Cherwell OX5, failed to pay £210 to 1 worker, with average arrears of £210 per worker
Standon Care Home, Tamworth B79, failed to pay £109.37 to 7 workers, with average arrears of £15.62 per worker