Firms named for not paying minimum wage

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TWO nurseries and a joinery company failed to pay minimum wage, the government has revealed.

Merritime Nursery in Military Road, Gosport, failed to pay £5,344.48 to an employee while Woodside Nursery School, Waterlooville, failed to pay £2,799.03 to one employee.

And Petersfield Joinery Ltd, in Petersfield, did not pay £2,720.89 to an employee.

Business minister Nick Boles announced the offenders after investigations by HMRC. Around 90 firms were named and shamed by the government today.

Mr Boles said: ‘As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the national minimum wage receives it.’

On October 1 last year, minimum wage rose to £6.70 an hour.

Jane Ness, manager of Woodside Nursery School, in Purbrook Heath Road, said the firm had not been advised properly in relation to a trainee.

She said: ‘It was unfortunate, a very slight loophole in employment laws which we hadn’t been advised about.

‘We paid up immediately.’

Merritime Nursery refused to comment and Petersfield Joinery did not reply.