Perth Hotels Ltd have been named and shamed by the government after failing to pay a worker the minimum wage.
Owen Boyle, managing director of Perth Hotels Ltd, neglected to pay a total of £556.80 to a worker in their hotel — according to the government.
The government which also named and shamed another 24 employers could face a fine of up to £20,000 for failing to pay an employee the minimum wage or above.
The employers were investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after members of staff called a free helpline to report they were being underpaid.
Plans – as outlined in the Queen’s Speech – are under way so that employers will face a £20,000 fine per employee who is underpaid.
Owen Boyle said to Perth Gazette: “We had our payroll audited last year by HMRC and it was discovered that a salaried member of staff had worked hours in excess of what would constitute minimum wage.
An underpayment of £556.80 was discovered which we paid immediately plus a fine of £217. I apologise unreservedly that such a situation arose and I wish to reassure all that steps were taken to ensure that this situation would not arise again, permanent and part- time staff are paid in accordance with published guidelines”.