G1, the group that owns six of St Andrews’ most popular bars and restaurants, has topped a list of UK employers who failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.
The group, which owns Forgan’s, Mitchell’s, the Vic, the Dolls House, the Grill House and the Glass House, was revealed not to have paid minimum wage to almost 3,000 workers.
G1, which is owned by Stefan King and includes a large number of bars and restaurants in Glasgow, neglected to pay minimum wage totalling £45,124 to 2895 employees.
The figures were published today in a report by business minister Jo Swinson which named and shamed 48 companies that failed to pay staff the national minimum wage.
A G1 spokesperson told reporters: “G1 Group are one of Scotland’s largest leisure group employers, and have previously been awarded the Gold Status Investors In People Award.
“We are extremely focused on the protection, training and development of our staff, from junior roles on National Minimum Wage all the way through to Senior Management Levels.
“A fundamental part of this process is our annual pay scale reviews- ensuring our employees are always paid in accordance with minimum wage guidelines.
“On some occasions, we have asked our employees to make a small contribution towards the cost of workwear or training to enhance their career performance.
“We understand that in effect, this has previously brought some employees marginally below the minimum wage in some pay periods. For this reason, we no longer apply these deductions, and any associated repayments have been made in light of this issue being highlighted.”
Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “There’s no excuse for companies that don’t pay staff the wages they’re entitled to – whether by wilfully breaking the law, or making irresponsible mistakes.
“The government is protecting workers by cracking down on employers who ignore minimum wage rules. In addition to naming and shaming, we’ve increased the penalty fines and boosted the resources available to investigate non-compliance.”