The government has named a law firm which it says failed to pay an individual the national minimum wage. A notice posted by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy says Edward Marshall LLP was found to owe £776.50 to a single worker. The notice says the money has since been paid.
The firm, listed as based in Chelmsford, Essex, was one of almost 200 businesses named as having failed to pay the minimum wage.
Edward Marshall, which is listed on its website as having offices in Barking and Marylebone, advises on immigration matters, corporate disputes, employment proceedings, family law and property matters. According to the Find a Solicitor website, it has four solicitors. The firm has been approached for comment.
In October 2013, the government revised the naming scheme to make it simpler to name and shame employers who break the law.
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.'
All employers on the list have been issued with a notice of underpayment and found to owe arrears of at least £100.
Employers have 28 days to appeal to HM Revenue & Customs against the notice, and if that is unsuccessful they can be considered for naming.
Employers must persuade BEIS there is the risk of personal harm, national security risks or other factors against the public interest to consider not naming.
Since 1 April, Workers aged 25 years or over who are not in the first year of an apprenticeship have been legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour.
The 197 businesses named owed a collective £465,291 and include football clubs, hotels, care homes and hairdressers.
Edward Marshall is the second law firm named by the government for not paying the minimum wage. In 2014 a south coast firm was listed as failing to pay £530.96.