Andover company 'named and shamed' in pay clampdown

Andover Advertiser: Andover company 'named and shamed' in pay clampdown Andover company 'named and shamed' in pay clampdown

THE company behind a car dealership in Andover has been ‘named and shamed’ in the latest list of employers who failed to pay workers the minimum wage.

Saftdwin Ltd, which runs Martins Volkswagen garage in London Street, as well as dealerships in Basingstoke, Camberley and Farnham, was found to have underpaid two workers by £806.37.

New rules that came into effect last October allow the Government to release lists of employers not paying the minimum wage.

The list of employers was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs after members of staff called a free helpline to report that they had been underpaid.

A spokeswoman from Saftdwin Ltd said: “We worked closely with HMRC during their investigation which highlighted two discrepancies over a period of three years out of 275 staff.

“Having had this brought to our attention it was rectified immediately and the affected staff paid accordingly.

“We undertook a review of processes and are confident of no future occurrences.”

HMRC’s objectives for its naming scheme are to raise awareness of national minimum wage enforcement and to deter employers who would otherwise be tempted to break the law on minimum wages.

Jennie Granger, director of enforcement and compliance at HMRC, said: “Paying the national minimum wage is not a choice – it’s the law.

“HMRC will continue to ensure that workers get at least the wage to which they are legally entitled.

“Where an employer ignores these rules, we will ensure that any arrears are paid out in full and the employer is fined.

“Rogue employers be warned – we will find you and you will pay.”

The national minimum wage is currently £6.31 an hour for adults, and it will rise to £6.50 from October.

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