Excuses For Not Paying Minimum Wage

In the 2020 to 2021 tax year,Β HMRC helped more than 155,000 workers across the UK recover more than Β£16 million in pay which was due to them, and also issued more than Β£14 million in penalties.

HMRC has published some of the most absurd excuses used for not paying the national minimum wage:

  1. β€œShe does not deserve the National Minimum Wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.”
  2. β€œThe employee was not a good worker, so I did not think they deserved to be paid the National Minimum Wage.”
  3. β€œMy accountant and I speak a different language – he does not understand me, and that is why he does not pay my workers the correct wages.”
  4. β€œMy employee is still learning so they are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.”
  5. β€œIt is part of UK culture not to pay young workers for the first three months as they have to prove their β€˜worth’ first.”
  6. β€œThe National Minimum Wage does not apply to my business.”
  7. β€œI have got an agreement with my workers that I will not pay them the National Minimum Wage; they understand, and they even signed a contract to this effect.”
  8. β€œI thought it was okay to pay young workers below the National Minimum Wage as they are not British and therefore do not have the right to be paid it.”
  9. β€œMy workers like to think of themselves as being self-employed and the National Minimum Wage does not apply to people who work for themselves.”
  10. β€œMy workers are often just on standby when there are no customers in the shop; I only pay them for when they are actually serving someone.”

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