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Vertu Motors named in Government minimum wage clampdown

Vertu Motors is one of 48 employers named by the Government for failing to pay workers the national minimum wage.

The car dealer was named because it neglected to pay £1,001.42 to one worker.

More than 200 employers have now been "named and shamed" since a new regime came into force in October 2013, with total arrears of £635,000 and penalties of almost £250,000.

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."

The 48 companies include French Connection, Conde Nast Publications, Toni & Guy and Pizza Hut.

Other business in the motor sector were Sportline Car Sales, Coalville (neglected to pay £779.70 to two workers) and Woodside MoT and Service Centre, Middlesbrough (neglected to pay £232.55 to a worker).

The cases were all investigated by HM Revenue and Customs.

> In June, Martins Group was found to be paying two employees less than minimum wage

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