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Butcher falls foul of minimum wage laws

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The owners of a Sheffield butcher’s shop have been found guilty of failing to pay staff the national minimum wage (NMW).

According to a report by BBC online, David Jackson and Pauline Smout, who own Jackson’s Butchers in Sheffield, pleaded guilty to offences against two former employees.

They have now been ordered to pay more than £11,000 in compensation for non payment of minimum wage and failing to keep adequate records.

Jackson was additionally charged with furnishing false information over pay records.

Andy Millican, from HM Revenue and Customs, said: “This sends a message to employers, large and small, that we will actively pursue those we suspect of flouting national minimum wage law.

“If employers fail to pay the national minimum wage and refuse to comply with the law they could receive a fine and criminal record.”

The NMW for workers aged 22 years or over is £5.52 an hour, falling to £4.60 for 18 to 21-year-olds and £3.40 for 16 to 17-year-olds.

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