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Newry firms fined for failing to pay minimum wage

Two Newry firms are among a total of eleven employers across Northern Ireland that have been issued with fines for failing to pay the National Living and Minimum Wage to staff.

Exact CNC (NI) Ltd, an engineering company in Carnbane, failed to pay £576.16 to 17 workers, amounting to average arrears of £33.89 per worker; while Hypersync Limited, a computer support service based in Tandragee, was found not to have paid £1,518 to one employee.

The Dromore Diocesan Trust, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, was also among those on the list, having failed to pay £3,844.98 to three workers.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley said it is only right that affected employees “will get the back pay they deserve”.

The top five reasons for underpayments were: taking deductions from wages for costs such as uniforms; underpaying apprentices; failing to pay travel time; misusing the accommodation offset; and using the wrong time periods for calculating pay.