Peterborough day nursery named and shamed in list of employers not paying minimum wage

Whizz Kids Nursery in Peterborough
Whizz Kids Nursery in Peterborough
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A Peterborough day nursery has been named and shamed as one of 90 businesses nationwide who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

Childcare Directory Ltd, trading as Whiz Kids Day Nursery, Peterborough, was ranked at number 24 of the 90 worst companies in the UK announced by Business Minister Nick Boles today, Friday January 5.

The day nursery, located on Peterborough Business Park, Innovation Way, Lynchwood, failed to pay £1,698 to one employee

Between them, the 92 companies named owed £1,873,712 in arrears, and cover sectors including hairdressing, social care, hospitality and security services.

Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 490 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of over £3,000,000 and total penalties of over £1,100,000.

Business Minister Nick Boles said: “As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it. There is no excuse for not paying staff the wages they’re entitled to.

“Our policy of naming and shaming employers who ignore the law means there are consequences for their reputation as well as their wallets.

“In April we will introduce a new National Living Wage which will mean a pay rise of over £900-a-year for someone working full time on the minimum wage and we will enforce this equally robustly.”

On 1 October 2015, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose to £6.70. Employers should be aware of the different rates for the National Minimum Wage depending on the circumstances of their workers.

The 92 cases named today were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Businesses or employees who have any questions about the National Minimum Wage can contact Acas online by visiting www.acas.org.uk/nmw.