Rotherham firms paid to pay staff national minimum wage

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Two Rotherham firms named and shamed by the Government for failing to pay the national minimum wage blame genuine mistakes for breaching the legislation.

Valentino’s Hair and Beauty Salon on Bawtry Road, Wickersley and Discount Sports, based in Centenary Market Hall, appear on a list of 25 employers who did not pay members of staff what they were entitled to.

The hair salon failed to pay £655.70 to two workers and the sports shop failed to pay £3,475.94 to five employees.

Valentino’s owner blamed a problem with the payroll department her shop used and said staff had never alerted her to the pay discrepancy.

Anthony O’Mara, from Discount Sports, said there was ‘confusion’ when the firm took on some new apprentices, but they had all since been paid what they were owed.

“We would never do this deliberately and have paid everyone what they were owed, it was all to do with the apprentice rate they were put on at first,” he added.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “All workers are entitled to the minimum wage. This isn’t a generous gesture, this is the law. Government takes the enforcement of workers’ rights seriously and those who don’t pay will be named, shamed and fined.”