South Yorkshire minimum wage offenders named

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Three South Yorkshire businesses have been named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

Between them, the three firms owed their employees more than £6,000 - but all claimed the failures were genuine mistakes and have paid the outstanding amounts.

CJ Hartley Ltd, trading as Headwork on Gleadless Road in Sheffield, neglected to pay £4,762.64 to four workers.

A spokesman for the business said: “It was a misunderstanding and the matter has now been resolved.

“It won’t happen again and it was a genuine mistake.”

Meanwhile, Dawn Platts of Level 2 Hair Studio on Peel Street in Barnsley owed £1,186.89 to a worker following an apparent mix-up about the rules surrounding apprenticeship schemes.

Ms Platts said: “It has been resolved. I wasn’t given enough information about the apprenticeship schemes.”

Finally, Century Motors on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough, Sheffield, was found to have underpaid an employee by £571.72.

The long-established car dealer, which has been open since 1958, repaid the worker following a misunderstanding over a training plan the firm had set up for him.

Company spokesman Ryan Bratby said:“At all times, we considered that we acted fairly and in the best interests of the company and the employee.

“We have been trading from this site for more than 50 years and have never been in this position before and never will be again.”