Council named for not paying minimum wage

By William Eichler | 14 December 2021

Hampshire CC has been named as one of 200 employers that has failed to pay the minimum wage in some cases.

The council was one of 208 employers ‘named and shamed’ by the Government for not complying with national minimum wage law. 

Hampshire - the only local authority on the list - has reportedly failed to pay £1,543.13 to 24 workers.

A spokesperson for Hampshire CC said: 'With a total workforce of over 45,000, we take our responsibilities relating to compliance with pay legislation very seriously.

'The issues raised to us by HMRC [Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs] following an audit in 2018-19 spanned a six-year period, in relation to a small number of staff who were employed directly by schools on short-term contracts of less than one year.

'We rectified the errors as soon as they were brought to our attention and apologised to those affected.

'Following investigation, we believe these to be genuine, isolated, local administrative errors affecting the pay of a very small number of individuals.

'However, we are not complacent, and we clarified and re-issued the guidance we provide in relation to payments of this kind.'

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