Scotland's minimum wage employers named and shamed

Wagamama underpaid 2,630 of its workers by £167,000

As well as recovering backpay for the workers, the government also fined the employers £1.3m for breaking national minimum wage laws. Marriott Hotels came in second, failing to pay £71,722.93 to 279 workers, while TGI Friday's did not pay £59,347.64 to 2,302 workers.

The club is owned by Denise Coates, the billionaire founder of betting firm Bet365, who paid herself more than £200m in 2016.

The list was published ahead of rise on April 1 when the National Living Wage will be 7.83 pounds (10.8 US dollars) an hour, a raise of 33 pence (0.46 USA dollars) an hour.

According to the government, St Helens Rugby Football Club Ltd, trading as St Helens R.F.C, failed to pay £5,536.92 to 117 workers. The government has also committed £25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018.

"As a result, the reported breach will not recur and the club is confident that we are now fully compliant with all current regulations".

More than 200 staff in Scotland were underpaid by 15 firms, losing out on nearly £75,000 in wages. It said some hotels had deducted charges for live-in accommodation or late-night taxis from wages, taking their pay below the minimum wage.

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Saints said all affected staff have now been reimbursed.

'We apologise to all our associates impacted by this error and have taken steps to ensure it can not happen again'.

Wagamama blamed what it described as an inadvertent misunderstanding of how the minimum wage regulations applied to uniforms, adding "as soon as we were made aware of this in 2016 we acted immediately to correct the position".

"In the past we didn't realise that asking our front of house staff to wear casual black jeans or skirt with their Wagamama branded top was considered as asking them to buy a form of uniform and so we should have paid them for it. Lots of other businesses were also unaware of this regulation around casual wear".

Later this month BEIS is to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new rates and encourage workers to speak to their employer if they think they are being underpaid.

Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: "The world of work is changing and we have set out our plans to give millions of workers enhanced rights to ensure everyone is paid and treated fairly in the workplace. We have also updated our uniform policy and now pay a uniform supplement as we should have done so before". The guilty companies, which include scores of small businesses, will have to pay back £2.4 million in wages and fines.

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