The group which owns six of the most prominent bars and restaurants in St Andrews has topped a list of UK employers who failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.
The G1 Group, whose business interests include Forgan’s, Mitchell’s and The Vic, has been named and shamed for not paying minimum wage to almost 3000 workers.
The figures were revealed today (Tuesday) in a league table released by business minister Jo Swinson, in which 48 firms were highlighted for failure to pay staff the national minimum wage.
G1 topped the table by neglecting to pay national minimum wage totalling £45,124 to 2895 employees.
The group also acquired the Dolls House, Grill House and Glass House last October.
A spokesman for G1 Group said it had on occasions asked employees to make a contribution towards the cost of workwear or training and this had contributed to some workers’ earnings falling below the national minimum wage but added they no longer enforced these charges.
The spokesman said: “G1 Group are one of Scotland’s largest leisure group employers, and have previously been awarded the Gold Status Investors In People Award.
“We are extremely focused on the protection, training and development of our staff, from junior roles on National Minimum Wage all the way through to Senior Management Levels.
“A fundamental part of this process is our annual pay scale reviews- ensuring our employees are always paid in accordance with minimum wage guidelines.
“On some occasions, we have asked our employees to make a small contribution towards the cost of workwear or training to enhance their career performance.
“We understand that in effect, this has previously brought some employees marginally below the minimum wage in some pay periods. For this reason, we no longer apply these deductions, and any associated repayments have been made in light of this issue being highlighted.”
Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “There’s no excuse for companies that don’t pay staff the wages they’re entitled to – whether by wilfully breaking the law, or making irresponsible mistakes.
“The government is protecting workers by cracking down on employers who ignore minimum wage rules. In addition to naming and shaming, we’ve increased the penalty fines and boosted the resources available to investigate non-compliance.”