Freedom of Information Request EW150121
Northern HSC Trust was recently included on a "Rogue Employers List"
for its failure to pay the statutory minimum wage. The listing indicated
arrears of £6,900 to 146 workers.
1. Please confirm (a) the amounts paid back to the 146 workers concerned,
(b) the fines imposed and paid by the Trust in respect of the £6,900
arrears of pay and (c) the date(s) of receipt and payment of fine
2. In addition please provide a copy of all communications received from
the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
indicating the Trust was to be included on a forthcoming Naming and
The Trust can confirm arrears of £6,900.72 was paid to 146 employees due to a
delay in progressing a pay award at that time. This was substantiated by HMRC’s
Compliance team and recorded in a ‘Notice of Underpayment – section 19 of the
National Minimum Wage Act 1998’ dated 23 March 2018.
HMRC calculate penalties based on the amount of arrears paid and the year which
these arrears relate to. The Notice of Underpayment set out the penalty as a
maximum of 200% of the arrears paid ie £13,801.44, or 100% of the arrears if the
penalty was paid by 9 April 2018 ie £6,900.72. The penalty of £6900.72 was paid on
the Trust’s behalf by the Business Services Organisation prior to 9 April 2018.
The Notification of Underpayment received from HMRC on 23 March 2018
highlighted that this matter was ‘referred to BEIS for consideration under the NMW
Naming scheme.’ All other enquiries were handled by Department of Health press