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Named: List of Scottish employers that have failed to pay minimum wage

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A newsagent, a nursery, an employment agency, a number of hairdressers, a civil engineering firm, and a pizza restaurant have all been named on a list of firms that have failed to pay the legal minimum wage in Scotland.

There are 21 Scottish firms on a list of almost 200 UK employers released by the government.

The Scottish employer that owed the most to his employees, was Mr Ronald McConnachie, trading as Bay Newsagents in Weymss Bay, Renfrewshire. He was said to have owed £12,527.97 to 3 workers.

The largest group of employees affected by any one employer were workers for Lydiafield Care Home in Annan. 13 workers there were short changed.

UK wide, the 198 companies named owed £466,219 in arrears. All of the money owed to these workers has been paid back to them.

Since the government began “naming and shaming” in October 2013, 688 employers have been outed, with total arrears of more than £3.5 million.

The list of Scottish employers named on August 11 2016 includes:

  • Mr Ronald McConnachie, trading as Bay Newsagents, Weymss Bay, Renfrewshire, owed £12,527.97 to 3 workers
  • Busy Bee Nursery (Newport-on-Tay) Ltd, trading as Little Beehive Nursery, Fife, owed £9,065.14 to 7 workers
  • Topstaff Employment Ltd, Glasgow, owed £3,355.25 to 20 workers
  • Macdonalds Hotels & Resorts Ltd, Bathgate, West Lothian, owed £2,123.10 to 6 workers
  • Hairstopper Limited, Ayr, owed £2,021.07 to 2 workers
  • Ms Susanna Ross, trading as Susanna’s Hair & Beauty, Ayr, owed £2,013.22 to 1 worker
  • K Construction (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh, owed £1,916.61 to 2 workers
  • Newlay Civil Engineering Ltd, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, owed £1,860.60 to 1 worker
  • Cheasty Ltd, trading as Papa Johns, Edinburgh, EH8, owed £1,811.33 to 19 workers
  • Sine Hair & Beauty Salon Ltd, Glasgow, owed £1,027.65 to 1 worker
  • JR’s Hairdressing Ltd, Glasgow, owed £1,000.16 to 2 workers
  • Ryce Limited, Fife, owed £935.96 to 1 worker
  • Mr Abdul Muslim, trading as Light of India, Oban, Argyll and Bute, owed £927.60 to 1 worker
  • Thomson ID Ltd, trading as Austen Thomson Hair, Edinburgh, owed £759.32 to 1 worker
  • Mead Medical Services Ltd, trading as Lydiafield Care Home, Annan, owed £741.67 to 13 workers
  • Fisher & Donaldson (St Andrews), Cupar, Fife, owed £574.32 to 6 workers
  • Ms Alison Vallance, trading as Vallance Hair & Beauty, Edinburgh, owed £547.20 to 1 worker
  • Mr Robert Louis Craig, trading as Craigs Courier Services, Falkirk, owed £484.90 to 1 worker
  • Miss Alison Margaret Smith, trading as AMS Hair & Beauty, Edinburgh, owed £150.00 to 2 workers
  • Assist Homecare (Scotland) Ltd, Stevenston, Ayrshire, owed £134.21 to 1 worker
  • Micro Fitness Ltd, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, owed £104.93 to 1 worker

The government claims that the naming and shaming scheme was revised in October 2013 to make it simpler to name and shame employers that do not comply with minimum wage rules. The 198 cases named today were investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to £20,000 per worker. In the most serious cases employers can be prosecuted.

However, The Ferret has previously revealed that no employers have been prosecuted for failing to pay the minimum wage, north or south of the border since Febraury 2013.