A hairdresser’s in Weybridge has been named by the Government for failing to pay an employee the National Minimum Wage.

Burns Hair Fashions Limited, trading as BHF Hairdressing Group, failed to pay £994 to one worker, according to a HM Revenue and Customs report.

The list, which included the names of 230 employers, was published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy yesterday, August 16.

Owner Alanna Burns explained the employee in question had a birthday and so was entitled to a higher wage, but this went unnoticed because it happened around the time Ms Burn’s mother, and the BHF’s previous owner, died.

She said: “With nearly 40 members of staff across our salons, there was a lot for us to take on, and it was a difficult time.”

Margot James, Business Minister, said: “It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.

“Today’s naming round identifies a record £2 million of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.”

Melissa Tatton, Director at HM Revenue and Customs, said: “HMRC is committed to getting money back into the pockets of underpaid workers, and continues to crack down on employers who ignore the law.

“Those not paying workers the National Minimum or Living Wage can expect to face the consequences.”