Top 10 worst excuses
1. An employer said a woman was not entitled to the minimum wage because she was his wife. When asked what his wife’s name was, the employer said: “Err, her name? What’s your name, love?”
2. “My employees don’t speak English, so they’re not entitled to it,” was another reason.
3. An employee ran out of the premises when HMRC officers arrived to check for national minimum wage infringements. The same employee then returned – minus the work pinafore – with the employer claiming that they were a customer.
4. One employer told HMRC: “When the national minimum wage goes up I do increase the amount I pay a little, even if the total pay is still below the national minimum wage. I don’t think it’s right to ignore rises in the national minimum wage.”