05/07/2012

By Claire West

The TUC yesterday (Tuesday) welcomed the decision by Norman Lamb, Minister for Employment Relations, to name and a shame a business in Leicester for flouting the National Minimum Wage and called for more employer abuses to be made public.

The news comes after Leicester-based Treena Professional Hair & Beauty Salon was taken to court after it underpaid a former worker by over £3,000 as a result of not paying the minimum wage.

The TUC welcomed this first case but called on the government to name and shame more deliberate offenders and to take more prosecutions against the worst employers.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘Although the government regularly recovers more than £3 million each year for low-paid workers most minimum wage enforcement work remains invisible. Employers need to see the rogue element being prosecuted and named and shamed so that they have confidence that the law is being rigorously enforced.

‘Justice always needs to be seen to be done, and this must mean many more cases being put in the public domain, including some of the bigger employers who have been caught failing to pay the minimum wage.’

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