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Orpington diner named and shamed for underpaying worker by almost £1,500

12:26 16 February 2017

Bel's Diner on High Street

Bel's Diner on High Street

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The company is one of more than 350 offenders across the UK

An Orpington eatery has been named and shamed by the government after it underpaid a worker by almost £1,500.

Bel’s Diner, on the High Street, failed to pay £1,410 to one of its employees, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

A spokesperson for First Stop Restaurants, which owns the diner, pointed out that the offence took place under previous management.

The firm appointed a new director, Mustafa Sali Zeki, on December 1, following the resignation of Martin Goddard.

A record number of employers - more than 350 in total - have been named and shamed for underpaying their workers the national minimum or living wage.

Excuses given by firms that have been caught out include the practice of paying tips to top up pay, docking wages to pay for Christmas parties and making staff pay for their own uniforms out of their salary.

Business Minister Margot James said: “Every worker in the UK is entitled to at least the national minimum or living wage and this government will ensure they get it.

“That is why we have named and shamed more than 350 employers who failed to pay the legal minimum, sending the clear message to employers that minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished.”

HM Revenue and Customs slapped guilty firms with £800,000 worth of fines, as well as recovering arrears for some of the UK’s lowest-paid workers.

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