Uniform Deductions Take Falcons Below Minimum Wage

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9 July 2018

A local government investigation has found that Newcastle Falcons and Durham Cricket Club – among other employers in the North East - had not paid all staff the living or minimum wage.

The Chronicle newspaper reports however that many firms have cited frustration at being named - claiming the underpayments arose due to admin errors.

The Falcons say they have since repaid 140 staff who the club says were inadvertently short-changed.

A spokesperson told the Chronicle: “We paid the correct rates of pay, however, we then deducted for uniforms from some conferencing and events staff which took them below the minimum wage for one month.”

Government minister Lord Duncan chastised the firms, claiming some may now face fines.

“It beggars belief that some employers think they can get away with underpaying staff and tricking them out of the wage to which they are legally entitled,” he said.

Uniform deductions was the main reason firms failed to pay the wage, the government says, while underpaying apprentices and not paying travel time were also key factors.

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