Brighton and Hove Albion football club has been ‘named and shamed’ for a national minimum wage infringement in a list published by HMRC.
The club says its inclusion in the list is due to ‘over generous’ expenses payments made to someone on work experience two years ago, which had arisen due to an administrative error. However, HMRC claims the club owed £2,861.64 to one of its workers, which has since been paid.
A spokesperson for Brighton and Hove Albion said: “As a business we feel our reputation as a responsible employer has been very unfairly tarnished. We are one of the few clubs who pays its staff over and above the national living wage.
“Unfortunately, in light of this, we are now more risk averse in terms of offering work experience opportunities. This means we are unable to give as many valuable on-the-job work experience opportunities to those looking to further their career or break into this highly competitive industry.”
In light of the ‘naming and shaming’, the club has reportedly suspended its work experience and graduate programmes.
In its latest batch of ‘named and shamed’ businesses HMRC listed 198 employers from numerous sectors, including restaurants, recruitment firms, care homes and hairdressers.
Is your business accidentally paying below the minimum wage?
The employment status of staff such as apprentices, interns and directors can be uncertain, and employers must be careful not to accidentally underpay them.
As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the national minimum wage could face fines of up to £20,000.
For expert advice on this or any area of employment law please contact Gaby Hardwicke Employment Law Partner Paul Maynard: