TWO Warrington businesses have been named by the Government for not paying staff the minimum wage.

Warrington Wolves and East Orient Chinese buffet in the town centre were among 202 firms names by the Government for breaching National Minimum Wage law. 

Other firms listed include major high street brands such as WH Smith, Marks and Spencer and Argos, small businesses and sole traders – highlighting that all businesses no matter how big or small, must abide my minimum wage laws.

Wolves failed to pay £7,720.61 to 34 workers.

A spokesman said: "Warrington Wolves are aware of the Government story regarding the National Minimum Wage.

"The club’s minimum hourly pay has never fallen below the national minimum wage and no staff members have ever been underpaid.

"The 34 cases mentioned took place between 2013-2018. The cases relate to colleagues who were able to purchase merchandise or tickets and have the money deducted from their salary, which in turn took some cases to below national minimum wage. This incentive has since been stopped.

"Additionally, some colleagues were not paid within the strict time periods specified in the National Minimum Wage regulations. This was remedied as soon as the club became aware of the issue."

Meanwhile East Orient failed to pay £21,127.65 to eight workers

Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business Kevin Hollinrake said: “Today’s list is a stark reminder to all clubs, that paying the legal minimum wage is non-negotiable.

“Sport is the bread and butter of UK culture and it’s my job to be the referee and show employers a yellow card for not paying staff correctly. My message to all businesses is clear – pay your staff or face a booking.”

A spokesman added: "Whilst not all minimum wage underpayments are intentional, the government is clear there is no excuse for underpaying workers."