Minimum wage dentist told to cough up

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A DENTIST has been ordered to pay staff money he owned them for failing to pay them the minimum wage.

Dr Jawdet Al-Damouk, who traded as Brimington Dental Practice on Chesterfield Road, Brimington, was caught underpaying staff during an inspection carried out by HM Revenue & Custom.

An Employment Tribunal was told that the dentist had failed to pay eight employees the national minimum wage to which they were entitled.

Trainee staff at the dental practice were paid at the apprenticeship rate of the national minimum wage when they were entitled to receive higher wages under the National Minimum Wage regulations.

The dentist was ordered to repay eight employees a total of £4,214 and a penalty of £1,871.77 for failing to comply with the rules.

Michelle Wyer, head of National Minimum Wage Enforcement for HM Revenue & Custom, said: “Paying the National Minimum Wage isn’t optional, it is a worker’s legal right.

“It is simply not acceptable for an employer, employment business or employment agency to operate outside of the law.

“HMRC will work with employers to help them understand their responsibilities, and are always prepared to look at ways to resolve matters without going to an Employment Tribunal, but HMRC will also relentlessly pursue arrears of the minimum wage for workers whom we believe have been underpaid.

“Anyone with questions or concerns about the National Minimum Wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.”

For more information call 0800 9172368.