Southsea law firm named for failing to pay minimum wage

The Government has published details about employers who failed to pay the minimum wage
The Government has published details about employers who failed to pay the minimum wage
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A LAW firm in Southsea has been named and shamed for failing to pay the national minimum wage.

Rowe Sparkes Solicitors Ltd, based in Kings Road, is among 70 employees named today by business minister Jo Swanson under a new government ‘name and shame’ scheme.

Government statistics said the solicitors failed to pay £530.96 to an employee. The report gave no more details.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: ‘Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable.

‘Naming and shaming gives a clear warning to employers who ignore the rules, that they will face reputational consequences as well as financial penalties of up to £20,000 if they don’t pay the minimum wage.

‘We are helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them as well as raising awareness to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place.’