Rogue UK Firms Scam Workers Out Of Legal Minimum Wage – 9 January 2015

RT logoA slew of UK firms have developed elaborate scams to avoid paying staff the national minimum wage, a new report suggests. Common ruses include charging workers for uniforms, exploiting interns and clocking-off staff in the absence of customers.

Research carried out by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) reveals apprentices in training are most at risk of underpayment. An estimated 120,000 apprentices in the UK are thought to receive less than the minimum wage, the body warns.

The TUC’s report, published on Thursday, identified other groups of staff vulnerable to underpayment. Such workers span zero-hours contracts staff, domestic and migrant workers, social care workers, staff whose accommodation is included in their contract, interns, seafarers and others.

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