Top firms are among companies to break minimum wage laws

Top firms including Waterstones and House of Fraser are among companies who saved £1.2m breaking minimum wage laws, Government says

  • The government has named more than 200 employers who broke wage laws 
  • House of Fraser, Waterstones and footwear retailer Schuh among the businesses
  • Firms failed to pay around £1.2million to their employees, breaking national minimum wage laws – and leaving about 12,000 workers out of pocket 

House of Fraser, Waterstones and footwear retailer Schuh are among more than 200 employers who broke minimum wage laws when paying staff, according to the Government.

Firms failed to pay around £1.2million to their employees, breaking national minimum wage laws – and leaving about 12,000 workers out of pocket.

The most common problem among the named companies was that they deducted money from wages to pay for expenses such as work uniforms. About 37 per cent of the businesses did this.

House of Fraser, Waterstones (pictured in Cambridge, file photo) and footwear retailer Schuh are among more than 200 employers who broke minimum wage laws when paying staff, according to the Government

Meanwhile, 29 per cent did not pay for mandatory training, trial shifts or travel time, 16 per cent did not pay enough to apprentices, and 11 per cent did not increase what they paid staff when the minimum wage was hiked.

‘We want workers to know that we’re on their side and they must be treated fairly by their employers, which is why paying the legal minimum wage should be non-negotiable for businesses,’ said minister for labour markets Paul Scully.

‘Today’s 208 businesses, whatever their size, should know better than to short-change hard-working employees, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

House of Fraser (pictured in central London) failed to pay more than £16,000 to 354 workers

Schuh (branch pictured, file photo) did not pay £807 to 39 staff. The most common problem among the named companies was that they deducted money from wages to pay for expenses such as work uniforms. About 37 per cent of the businesses did this

‘With Christmas fast approaching, it’s more important than ever that cash is not withheld from the pockets of workers. ‘So don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly.’ 

House of Fraser failed to pay more than £16,000 to 354 workers, Schuh did not pay £807 to 39 staff and Waterstones failed to pay nearly £8,700 to 58 staff.

The current House of Fraser owner, Frasers Group, said: ‘These breaches are historic and relate to the activities of the old House of Fraser company that is now in administration.’

Waterstones and Schuh did not respond to requests for comment last night. 

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