York hotel ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay workers the minimum wage

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11 Aug 2016 @ 7.01 pm
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A York hotel has been included on a list of businesses that failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

On Thursday (August 11) business minister Margot James published the list of almost 200 employers to be ‘named and shamed’ for not paying their workers the legal minimum.

Two football clubs and an upmarket London restaurant favoured by Wimbledon tennis stars were among the businesses on the list.

And so was a York hotel.

The Beechwood Close Hotel, of Shipton Road, York, was placed at number 64 on the 198 strong list.

According to the Department for Business the Beechwood, which is the trading name of McLeod Hotels Ltd, owed £1,526.20 to 13 workers.

The Beechwood Close Hotel on Shipton Road, York. Photograph © Google Street View
The Beechwood Close Hotel on Shipton Road, York. Photograph © Google Street View

But the owner of the hotel said the underpayment was just a clerical error and was sorted quickly.

Clare McLeod told YorkMix: “This was caused by an administrative error on our payroll system.

“As soon as it came to our attention it was rectified.”

Mrs McLeod said this happened two and a half years ago and measures have been put in place to ensure the mistake would not be repeated.

All the money owing was paid back as soon as the problem came to light.

Crackdown continues

This wasn’t the only North Yorkshire hotel on the list. At number 13 was Black Swan (Yorkshire) Ltd, the trading name of the Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley.

It owed £5,836.66 to 10 workers, since paid in full, according to the government figures.

You can see the full list of businesses on the Government website.

Business Minister Margot James said:

This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, National Living Wage. It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.

So we’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them.

Businesses or employees who would like to find out more about the National Minimum Wage should visit the relevant page on the ACAS website.