Wallcoverings business named as part of rogue list

Wallpaper and homewares business O’Neills Decorating Centre has been named in the latest rogue employers list for failing to pay minimum wage.

Investigated between 2016 and 2018 by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7m to over 95,000 workers in total, in a flagrant breach of employment law.

The offending companies range in size from small businesses to large multinationals who employ thousands of people across the UK.

As part of this list, Bolton-based Discount Wallpapers Limited, trading as O’Neills Decorating Centre, failed to pay £7,446.14 to 11 workers.

The highest company featured on the list is Tesco stores Limited after failing to pay over £5m to 78,199 workers.

This is the first time the government has named and shamed companies for failing to pay National Minimum Wage since 2018, following reforms to the process to ensure only the worst offenders are targeted.

Business Minister Paul Scully said: “Paying the minimum wage is not optional, it is the law. It is never acceptable for any employer to short-change their workers, but it is especially disappointing to see huge household names who absolutely should know better on this list.

“This should serve as a wake-up call to named employers and a reminder to everyone of the importance of paying workers what they are legally entitled to.

“Make no mistake, those who fail to follow minimum wage rules will be caught out and made to pay up.”