Barlborough Parish Council named and shamed for not paying a worker

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Barlborough Parish Council has been named and shamed by the Government’s Department for Business for underpaying a worker.

Its management committee is one of 360 organisations named in the Government list and is said to have failed to pay £2,038.36 to a worker.

The biggest ever list of offenders included employers in hairdressing, retail, hospitality and care homes.

Excuses for underpaying workers included using tips to top up pay, docking wages to pay for Christmas parties, and making staff pay for their own uniforms.

Retail giant Debenhams was accused of failing to pay almost £135,000 to just under 12,000 workers.

The company said it made a technical error in its payroll calculations, which resulted in an average underpayment of around £10 per person to affected workers in 2015.

The Business Department said more than 1,500 cases are being worked on by HM Revenue and Customs, with more firms set to be named.

The new announcement means that more than 1,000 employers have been identified since the policy started in 2013.

Barlborough Parish Council was approached for comment at the time of publication but no such comment was forthcoming.