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First criminal conviction for deliberate non-payment of the National Minimum Wage

1st July 2008
The owners of a butcher’s shop in Yorkshire have become the first employers to be convicted of deliberately not paying their staff the National Minimum Wage. Sheffield Magistrates Court found that the owners had tried to conceal the fact that they had not paid their staff the National Minimum Wage. They had kept inadequate records of staff pay, and then (to compound their problems) had tried to falsify their records in an attempt to convince HM Revenue that they had complied with the law. They were ordered to pay over £10,000 compensation to their staff, plus the court costs.

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