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“She only makes the tea”: Bizarre excuses for not paying minimum wage

HMRC officials have released ten of the most bizarre responses provided by employers when questioned on their reasons for failing to pay the national minimum wage (NMW). Excuses for not paying staff the minimum wage included only wanting to pay staff when there were customers to serve and believing it was acceptable to underpay workers until they had “proved” themselves. It was also suggested that it was permissible to pay foreign workers less than the NMW since they didn’t have the right to it and that someone who made the tea and swept the floor didn’t deserve it.

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