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10 most bizarre excuses in the UK used for underpaying staff: List revealed by government as part of new awareness campaign

The UK government has launched an awareness campaign aimed at informing workers about the minimum wage they are entitled to. This campaign is costing the government £ 1.7 million.

As a part of the same awareness campaign, the government has compiled a list of ten most strange excuses used by dishonest bosses for under-paying their workers.

The most bizarre excuses include underpaying staff till they “prove” their worth and not paying staff when there are no customers to serve!

Following are top 10 bizarre excuses used by bosses for not paying workers their minimum wage

1) The employee wasn’t “good” enough to be paid the minimum wage

2) Its “UK” culture to not pay workers till they “prove” themselves!

3) It is okay to not pay the minimum wage to foreign workers.

4) It is okay to not pay minimum wage because the worker just “makes tea” and “sweeps floors”.

5) It is okay to not pay workers who “think” that they are “self employed”.

6) It is okay to not pay workers when they are on “stand by” (meaning when there are no customers)

7) Employees who are still “learning” or “training” don’t deserve the minimum wage.

8) “I have told my workers that they won’t be paid minimum wage and they have agreed”

9) “My accountant speaks a foreign language and doesn’t understand what I say. This is why he ends up paying less to the workers”.

10) “This minimum national wage isn’t applicable to the work I do”

According to UK law, all workers aged above 25 should be paid £7.20 per hour of their work.

Business Minister Margot James said “there can be no excuse for not paying workers their minimum dues. This campaign will make workers aware of what they are entitled to. Any worker who gets paid less is encouraged to contact Acas (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). Every call to Acas will be followed up by the HMRC services (HM Revenue and Customs).”

For more information regarding minimum wage please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage

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