30th August 2021
The dog ate my homework!
Regular readers of my blog will know by now that I’m a big fan of the principles of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and deliberately underpaying the NMW in order to short-change workers is something I abhor, especially when some employers don’t take the matter as seriously as they should. But sometimes we all need a little light relief, and this was provided by HMRC recently when they released a list of some of the most absurd excuses used for not paying the legal minimum.
I just hope that none of these ridiculous excuses sound familiar to you!
- “She does not deserve the National Minimum Wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.”
- “The employee was not a good worker, so I did not think they deserved to be paid the National Minimum Wage.”
- “My accountant and I speak a different language – he does not understand me, and that is why he does not pay my workers the correct wages.”
- “My employee is still learning so they are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.”
- “It is part of UK culture not to pay young workers for the first three months as they have to prove their ‘worth’ first.”
- “The National Minimum Wage does not apply to my business.”
- “I have got an agreement with my workers that I will not pay them the National Minimum Wage; they understand, and they even signed a contract to this effect.”
- “I thought it was okay to pay young workers below the National Minimum Wage as they are not British and therefore do not have the right to be paid it.”
- “My workers like to think of themselves as being self-employed and the National Minimum Wage does not apply to people who work for themselves.”
- “My workers are often just on standby when there are no customers in the shop; I only pay them for when they are actually serving someone.”