Bosses gave back £6million in illegally underpaid wages last year using the ‘self-correction’ policy – which saves them from being fined or prosecuted.
Firms are “escaping punishment” for paying less than minimum wage under a Tory government scheme, an MP has warned.
Bosses gave back £6million in illegally underpaid wages last year using the ‘self-correction’ policy – which saves them from being fined, prosecuted or in some cases, named and shamed.
The government insists the scheme, introduced in 2014, is no “soft option” and reunites more cheated workers with more wages more quickly.
But campaigning MP Caroline Lucas has warned it could also become a “cheaters’ charter” that lets firms get away with exploitation.
The Green Party co-leader said: “Though it’s good to see an increase in the number of workers being repaid the money they deserve, it is extremely worrying to see so many firms escaping any punishment for underpaying employees.
“If firms know they can self-correct without any punishment we could see an increase in the number of firms attempting to underpay, without the risk of incurring a penalty.
“Such a cheaters’ charter would be utterly unacceptable.”