Greene King blames admin error for employee underpayment

The Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds

The Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Gregg Brown

Suffolk brewer Greene King has blamed an admin error for underpayment of an employee which led to it being named by the Government for not meeting minimum wage requirements.

The Gazeley Stud and the Toni Saade Hair Salon, both in Newmarket, were also on the list. All three had an individual employee who had not been paid minimum wage.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released a list of nearly 200 businesses nationwide that failed to pay workers the legal minimum wage.

Business Minister Margot James said: “This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, national living wage. It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.”

Greene King Retail Services, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was listed as owing £211.89 to one worker.

David Curran and Deborah Curran, trading as Gazeley Stud, of Newmarket, Suffolk, were listed as owing £646.20 to one worker.

And Toni Saade Ltd, trading as Toni Saade Hair Salon, of Newmarket, Suffolk, was listed owing £404.64 to one worker.

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A Greene King spokesman said: “Unfortunately due to an administrative error one of our team members was underpaid by £211.89. The outstanding amount was paid to the individual and the query was closed by HMRC in August 2015.”

The EADT contacted Gazeley Stud but Mr and Mrs Curran did not respond. Mr Saade put the underpayment down to an accounting error of which he had no knowledge until the HMRC contacted him and said he hoped it would not damage his business’ reputation.