The Sir Jim Ratcliffe-owned hotel chain must pay a minimum wage fine


Along with Tesco and Pizza Hut, the Ineos founder’s boutique Home Grown Hotels is on the list of 139 “rogue employers”

The government, along with 138 other “rogue employers” has penalized a hotel group owned by multi-billionaire tax exile Sir Jim Ratcliffe for failing to pay their workers the national minimum wage. Ratcliffe, who has an approximate fortune of £ 12 billion, owns 55% of Home Grown Hotels, a luxury brand he co-founded with Robin Hutson, a hotelier who designed and sold the Soho House Hotel du Vin chain and is a former chairman of the Soho House membership club. A list of companies that have breached the minimum wage was released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Policy (BEIS) on Thursday. According to Business Secretary Paul Scully, the first BEIS list in two years also lists the UK’s largest employer Tesco – coinciding with the award of the Knight of the Year title to former chief executive Dave Lewis – and restaurant chain Pizza Hut: “Paying the minimum wage is not an option, it is the law.”

“For an employer to shortchange its employees is never acceptable, but it is particularly disappointing to see big household names on this list who should know better,” said the Secretary of Commerce. The most recent list of criminals – which reveals that the 139 listed firms have refused to pay £ 6 in total. The most recent list of criminals – which indicates that 139 of the listed firms have refused to pay more than 95 out of a total of £ 6.7 million. Between September 2016 and July 2018, a period when minimum wage enforcement was in the headlines after an undercover report by the Guardian exposed how Sports Direct employees were paying below the legal minimum. Ratcliffe made his fortune in the petrochemical industry, formed Ineos, and became a well-known, if often controversial, figure in the sector worried After threatening to shut his petrochemical plant in Grangemouth in 2013, he first gained media attention, causing the Unite union to back down dramatically. He has made headlines since then by leaving the U.K. Become a famous Brexit supporter and take over the Sky cycling squad and rename it Team Ineos for tax-free Monaco. BEIS found that Ratcliffe’s Home Grown Hotels had refused to pay £ 13,790 to 25 workers, which the company claimed was due to “inadvertent breaches of very complex regulations” after “deductions were made for staff accommodation and deposits for uniforms.” A company spokeswoman said it had paid employees, was fined £ 6,000 by HMRC, and that Ratcliffe “is not involved in the day-to-day process.”

All our colleagues have been completely refunded and we have changed our procedures immediately in order to prevent this from happening again.

The refund was £ 10 or less in most situations. A spokeswoman for Pizza Hut, which underpaid £ 846,000 to 10,980 employees, also said the breach was accidental and that workers were rewarded. Jeni Morris, head of the National Minimum Wage team at EY accountancy company, added: “In my experience, most employers don’t deliberately breach the NMW rules, but are inadvertently caught out by a series of technicalities in the complex legislation.”


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