Aberystwyth electrician ‘named and shamed’ for paying less than minimum wage

AN ABERYSTWYTH electrician has today (15th) been “named and shamed” in a list published today by the government of 37 employers who have been fined for failing to pay their employees the minimum wage. Mr Michael Kearney, trading as Electrical Estimates on Alexandra Street, neglected to pay £5,557.91 to 4 workers. This was the sixth-worst underpayment of the 37 named companies.

Photo - Alex Tanton

Photo – Alex Tanton

Among the other businesses also identified by Business Minister Jo Swinson were clothes retailer H&M and motorway services company Welcome Break. The companies were identified after workers made complaints to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.

Ms Swinson said:

“Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them.”

“We are also looking at what more we can do to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place. As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage face penalties of up to £20,000. We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer.”

The current National Minimum Wage rates are £6.50 per hour for adults aged 21 and over, £5.13 for 18 to 20-year-olds, £3.79 for 16 to 17-year-old and £2.73 for apprentices.