Month: December 2020

Tesco tops list as rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

Almost 140 companies, including some of the UK’s biggest household names, are being named and shamed today for failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

Investigated between 2016 and 2018, the 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7m to over 95,000 workers in total, in a flagrant breach of employment law. The offending companies range in size from small businesses to large multinationals who employ thousands of people across the UK.

Preserving and enforcing workers’ rights is a priority for this Government. While the vast majority of businesses follow the law and uphold workers’ rights, the publication of the list is intended to serve as a warning to rogue employers that the Government will take action against those who fail to pay their employees properly.

This is the first time the Government has named and shamed companies for failing to pay National Minimum Wage since 2018, following reforms to

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Veganuary predicts biggest year as Covid lockdown inspires diet overhaul

Organisers of Veganuary are gearing up for their biggest ever year next month since the meat-free pledge was launched seven years ago, thanks to a surge in consumers tucking into more plant-based foods during lockdown and greater concern about health and the environment.

The UK-based campaign, which since 2014 has asked people to pledge to follow a diet free of animal products in January, has set a target of 500,000 signatories worldwide and expects to reach 350,000 by Tuesday.

A record 400,000 people signed up to the campaign last year, compared with 250,000 participants in 2019 and 170,000 in 2018.

This year the bosses of large UK and multinational companies – including Nestlé – are backing the campaign on health grounds and urging their workforces to do the same.

Marco Settembri, the chief executive of Nestlé (Europe, Middle East and north Africa) said: “A well-planned plant-based diet can meet nutritional

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Small firms need millions of new aid to survive tougher Covid restrictions

Small businesses have asked the chancellor for millions of pounds in additional support to get them through the latest coronavirus restrictions.

A second round of grants, a new German-style reimbursement scheme for lost trading, improved terms for state-guaranteed bounceback loans and income support for the newly self-employed are needed, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

With less access to credit, small firms, who employ 60 per cent of private sector workers, have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic.

The government has provided support totalling £34.4 billion, including £21.1 billion in grants and business rates relief, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility. Almost 1.5 million small firms have also taken one-year interest free bounceback loans of up to £50,000, totalling £43.5 billion.

However, Mike Cherry, chairman of the FSB, has written to Rishi Sunak to say that “fresh restrictions have brought renewed disruption and financial pressure

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