St Mirren football club and Peacocks were among those exposed for not paying minimum wage today
The UK Government published its largest ever list of “rogue” employers, with £995,233, underpaid by 360 organisations.
Budget clothing store Peacocks – part of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill group, owned by retail billionaire Philip Day – was among 16 Scottish firms named and shamed.
The Langholm-based company, whose parent posted operating profits of £91 million last year, owed £2,256 after failing to pay the legal rate to 42 workers.
But this was dwarfed by Clackmannanshire social care provider Crossroads Caring Scotland with £17,685 due to 40 of its 650 staff.
In total Scottish companies owed £29,611 to 125 workers.
Championship club St Mirren was said to owe £1,277 to an employee.
Last year, the Paisley outfit was ordered to pay back former youth player Kieran Doran after they handed him contract that paid only £1 a week.
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He signed a three-and-a-half-year deal in December 2012, aged 16 and still at school.
Kieran lodged a complaint after the Buddies refused to release him from his contract when he quit full-time football to study at university.
Scotland Office Minister Lord Dunlop said: “There are simply no excuses for employers who fail to play by the rules and pay employees what they are entitled to.
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The UK Government published its largest ever list of “rogue” employers
“We are committed to building an economy that works for everyone and will ensure that everybody receives the national living wage.”
There have been 11 rounds of naming and shaming since 2013, with £4.5million of arrears identified.
Excuses given included using tips to top up pay, docking workers’ wages to pay for their Christmas party and making staff pay for their own uniforms out of their salary.
Bosses have to pay back arrears and can be fined up to £20,000 per worker.
HMRC has issued £800,000 of penalties in the latest tranche of cases, with 1,500 investigations currently underway.
The national living wage of £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over was introduced in April last year and is due to rise to £7.50.
The national minimum wage still applies to workers under 25, ranging from £3.40 for apprentices to £6.95 up to the age of 24.
These will also rise to £3.50 and £7.50, respectively, on April 1.
Other Scots bosses embarrassed included John Preston of Sculpture hairdressing in Glasgow who owed £1,537 to a single worker.
There were 16 Scottish firms named and shamed in the list
A KFC franchise in Aberdeen’s Union Street, operated by Herbel (Northern) Limited, failed to pay £1,068 to 23 workers.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill, which also owns Jane Norman and Austin Reed, rescued Peacocks Stores from administration in 2012.
A spokesman for Peacocks said: “Fundamentally we do not underpay our staff, they tell us that they prefer to receive a monthly salary based on the average hours they work rather than a fluctuating amount each month.
“This means their monthly pay is sometimes greater than the hours they have worked during that month, and on occasion, it is less.
Crossroads Caring Scotland had a bill of £17,685 due to 40 of its staff
“This is purely a timing issue based on the preferences of our employees and no one is underpaid over the year.”
Crossroads Caring Scotland blamed an “oversight relating to travel time” and said all its support workers now receive the Scottish living wage of £8.25 per hour.
A spokeswoman said: “As soon as the breach was identified, we worked closely with HMRC to ensure that our workers received the full back pay that they were entitled to and also to ensure our compliance with this complex legislation in the future.
“As a result, we have put in place processes to ensure that such a breach cannot occur again."
Express.co.uk is awaiting comment from St Mirren.
Full list of Scottish firms "named and shamed" for failing to pay minimum wage. Format is name; amount owed; no. of workers.
1. Crossroads Caring Scotland, Alloa, Clackmannanshire; £17,685; 40
2. Peacock Stores Ltd, Langholm, Dumfriesshire; £2,256; 42
3. John Preston, trading as Sculptur, Glasgow; £1,537; 1
4. Longreef Ltd, trading as mC'm Hairdressing, Edinburgh; £1,311; 1
5. Dalkeith Retail Centre, Midlothian; £1,286; 1
6. St Mirren Football Club, Paisley; £1,277; 1
7. Herbel (Northern) Ltd, trading as KFC, Aberdeen; £1,068; 23
8. John & Yvonne Elliott, trading as John Elliott and Sons, Beith, Ayrshire; £736.31; 1
9. Perth Honda Ltd, Perth; £474; 1
10. Eva (Scotland) Ltd, trading as Valentini's Fast Food Pizzeria, Glasgow; £403.78; 7
11. Vahap Firat trading as Café Cockburn, Edinburgh; £398; 1
12. Caledonia Enterprise Ltd, trading as The Tartan Lodge, Glasgow; £380; 1
13. Dark Sky Park Ltd, trading as House o’ Hill Hotel, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire; £279; 1
14. GHSL Ltd, trading as Braeside Services, Glasgow; £271; 2
15. YESSS Home Improvements Ltd, Glasgow: £140; 1
16. Lotus Encounters Ltd, trading as Avant Garde, Glasgow: £103; 1