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Norwich's Pizza Hut one of 48 businesses named for not paying some staff minimum wage

PUBLISHED: 09:24 24 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 March 2015

Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Norwich's Pizza Hut is among 48 companies across the country named and shamed for failing to pay staff the correct amount.

Azad and Sons Ltd, which trade as Pizza Hut, Norwich, owes 23 workers a total of £622.58.

An Indian restaurant in Fakenham was also one of the 48 businesses named and has been ordered to pay a worker more than £11,000 after failing to ensure he received the minimum wage.

Owner Mujibur Rahman, a well-known businessman and town councillor, runs a community football team and is known around the town as Diego - after Maradona - for his love of the game.

Mr Rahman carried the Olympic torch through Fakenham in 2012 and won an award for his community work in 2010. He said the alleged under-payment had arisen because the member of staff was coming in earlier than he should have. He added he had not appealed because the restaurant did not have a computer to reply to e-mails.

“This has escalated to this stage, we can’t do anything about it,” he said.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “There’s no excuse for companies that don’t pay staff the wages they’re entitled to – whether by wilfully breaking the law, or making irresponsible mistakes.

“The Government is protecting workers by cracking down on employers who ignore minimum wage rules. In addition to naming and shaming, we’ve increased the penalty fines and boosted the resources available to investigate non-compliance.”

The DBIS said Mr Rahman was ordered to pay the un-named member of staff £11,696.47.

Between them, the 48 companies named owe workers over £162,000 in arrears, and span sectors including fashion, publishing, hospitality, health and fitness, automotive, care, and retail.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the latest round brought the total number of companies named and shamed under the new regime to 210 employers, with total arrears of over £635,000 and total penalties of over £248,000.

Each business was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs, before being issued with a notice of underpayment. Firms are given 28 days to appeal.

Companies owing workers more than £100 are automatically named and shamed unless is would not be in the public interest.

Adults aged 21 or older should now receive £6.50 an hour, 18 to 20-year-olds £5.13, 16 to 17-year-olds £3.79 and apprentices £2.73.

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