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Company breaking the law? with regards to pay

(9 Posts)
Eddings Tue 13-Nov-12 20:06:52

Hi,
Posted this in employment but no response so thought I'd give it a try here hope that's ok

Not sure if there is anyone that can help with this...

My daughter aged 18 replied to job she saw, it was advertised at £7.50 per hour. However when she received her contract (after starting) it stated she would only be paid for 20hours a week. She worked there for a total of 2 weeks, left the company last night.. She was required to be in the office at 11.30 for daily meetings/pep talks. Then they would be out in the field (charity fundrasiers, yes yes I know) until 8-8.30pm & then they were required to go back to the office until 9-9.30pm 5 days a week & they were also required to work 6 hours on Saturday if they had not hit their targets in the week.

Anyway my question is... are they breaking the law & if so who do I report this to? Thanks in advance

SundaeGirl Wed 14-Nov-12 09:17:14

Sorry, your post isn't clear.

How many hours was she 'contracted' for?
How many hours was she expected to work?
Was she paid for all the hours she worked?
Was she rota'd for more than 5 days out of 7?
Why did she leave?

Eddings Wed 14-Nov-12 10:21:51

Sorry SundaeGirl,

All her contract said was 20hrs to be paid at £7.50 per hour.

She was expected to work around 50-55 hours per week.

No she will not be paid for all the hours worked.

She was expected to work 6 out of 7 days

She left for a couple of reason, but mainly because she was not being paid a fair wage for the amount of hours worked which was approx £2.70per hour.. she has not received any wages yet, we have to wait to Friday to see.

Hope that is a bit clearer.

SundaeGirl Wed 14-Nov-12 10:39:33

Well, that sounds like breaking the law. Taking the company to task might be quite a hassle. I'm in Scotland, different law to England, and she would have some redress. Hopefully a more knowledgable poster will come along to tell you where to go next.

However, since those chuggers are widely disliked I'd be tempted to phone the local newspaper and give them a 'chuggers hell' story. Maybe get the journalist to phone them and press them to reimburse your daughter.

BobbiFleckmann Wed 14-Nov-12 10:42:06

there's no reimbursement to give if she's signed a contract agreeing those terms - is there somethign in there saying that any hours above teh 20 are treated as voluntary work for the charity? or is there a commission payment on top of the 20 hours' pay for any people she signs up to donate?

Eddings Wed 14-Nov-12 11:04:07

I'm not looking for reimbursement, what I would like is for this not to happen to others.

Yes Bobbi there was a commission bonus but the targets were set very high.

This was her first full time job since leaving education, she has been working since she was 14 & left a part-time job to take this on. By the time she got the full picture it was too late.

BobbiFleckmann Wed 14-Nov-12 11:11:49

I think if there's a commission then they are entitled to pay less than min wage i think so it's a case of live & learn

prh47bridge Wed 14-Nov-12 12:44:01

Even if there is commission workers must still be paid at least the national minimum wage. If the commission in any pay period is insufficient to bring the total pay for the week or month (depending on how often the worker is paid) up to the national minimum wage the employer must make up the difference. There is a national minimum wage hotline you can use to report this employer - 0845 6000 678.

Eddings Wed 14-Nov-12 13:25:09

Brilliant thanks prh47bridge, I thought there had be some protection for these young workers :-)

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