Halton's seasonal workers urged to seek help if they do not receive the minimum wage

Runcorn and Widnes World: Halton's seasonal workers urged to ensure they are paid the minimum wage Halton's seasonal workers urged to ensure they are paid the minimum wage

STUDENTS and seasonal staff working over the Christmas holidays in Halton are being reminded by HM Revenue and Customs not to accept less than the National Minimum Wage.

Temporary seasonal workers, such as students working as bar staff, shop assistants or warehouse staff are usually eligible for this basic minimum pay. If they are not being paid what they are legally entitled to, they should contact the pay and work rights helpline.

Michelle Wyer, assistant director of National Minimum Wage, HMRC, said:“We want to make sure that students and seasonal staff working over the festive season are being paid what they’re entitled to.

“HMRC investigates every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline, so whether you’re pulling pints or pulling a sleigh this Christmas, if you’re being short-changed you should get in touch.”

Employers found by HMRC to not be paying the minimum wage can expect a penalty, could be named, and in the worst cases, face a possible criminal prosecution. Last year HMRC action successfully resulted in over 26,000 workers across the UK getting a share of £4 million in arrears. After HMRC’s investigations, over 700 employers received a penalty.

Anyone not being paid what they are entitled to should phone the free pay and work rights jelpline on 0800 917 2368, where they can lodge a complaint.

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