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Mother and son Janice M Howle and Christopher T Howle of Biddulph fined for failing to pay staff National Minimum Wage

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

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A mother and son who paid their staff in Biddulph less than they were entitled to have been found guilty of National Minimum Wage (NMW) offences after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Janice M Howle, trading as Tom Brough & Co, and Christopher T Howle, trading as Chicube, were paying four of their staff less than they were entitled to receive and at times were failing to pay them any salary at all.

A county court judgment on 25 July ordered them to repay their employees a total of £8,393.49 and £802 costs for failing to comply with the NMW regulations.

Janice M Howle, a pattern maker trading as Tom Brough & Co, Brook Works, Brown Lees, Biddulph, was ordered to repay one employee £2,111.40 with £217 costs.

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Christopher Thomas Howle, owns a chicken housing company trading as Chicube, also at Brook Works, Brown Lees, Biddulph, was ordered to repay three employees £6,282.09 with £585 costs.

Michelle Wyer, Assistant Director of National Minimum Wage Enforcement, HMRC, said: "Paying the National Minimum Wage isn’t optional, it is a worker’s legal right. It is simply not acceptable for an employer to operate outside of the law; if they do they will face tough consequences.

“HMRC will work with employers to help them understand their responsibilities, but will also relentlessly pursue arrears of the minimum wage for workers who have been underpaid.

“Anyone with questions or concerns about the National Minimum Wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.”

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