Around 2,400 care workers in the UK have been paid below the National Minimum wage over the past two years. HMRC have investigated several employers in the care sector and found that some have been making illegal deductions from pay which reduce the worker's pay to below the minimum wage. Illegal deductions were identified as being: charging for living accommodation, incorrect use of apprentice rates and hourly rates, and not paying for time spent travelling between care jobs or whilst on training.
The workers who have been underpaid will now be entitled to back pay. The employers have received penalties totalling £110,000 and could face prosecution.
This information was published by the FSB in their Business Update - the full article can be found here.