The government has recently announced that hundreds of bosses have been wrongly underpaying their staff with some of the big companies owing hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay.

Specifically, those who have been paid minimum wage between 2011 and now could be owed quite a bit of money. This is due to bosses underpaying their staff in a number of different ways.

So, you never know, you could actually be getting some extra money coming your way. But why is it that these people were underpaid? And could you have been one of them? Well, the top reasons workers were underpaid were:

1. Employers deducting money for uniforms.
2. Not paying travel costs.
3. Working out pay at the wrong time.
4. Underpaying the apprentices.
5. Deducting too much money from wages (for those employees who live rent free).

Andrew Griffiths, business manager, described: “Our priority is making sure workers know their rights and are getting the pay they worked hard for.”

“Employers who don’t do the right thing face fines as well as being hit with the bill for backpay.”

In fact, employers who are found guilty of this could be fined a whopping £1.97 million!

Within the list of over 200 employers are big names such as Costa Coffee and Home Bargains with some of these companies underpaying hundreds of thousands of pounds. But, there are a variety of different companies throughout different industries named within the list too.

But not to worry, if you’ve been underpaid by your employer then chances are you won’t have to do anything. The underpayments were alerted to employers upon their discovery and consequently your boss should be sorting getting your money back to you.

If not though, you’ll need to report the issue to your employer and if nothing is done, submit a complaint, registering any concerns with HMRC.

The full list of companies who have underpaid their staff can be found here.

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