Secular Talk: Fox News Attacks Minimum Wage Worker, Who Couldn’t Afford Food

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This shows just how low and bitterly anti-poor Fox News is. In this piece from Secular Talk, Kyle Kulinski discusses a segment from Fox News in which the host, Sandra Smith, invited on to talk cosily with Stefanie Williams, the author of an internet piece attacking Talia Jane. Jane was a worker on the minimum wage, who had written a piece on Yelp stating that despite working full time for her employer, she still could not afford to buy food, as 80 per cent of her income was spent on rent. She stated that she was tired of working for an employer that did not watch her back, and included her paypal address and an appeal for people to help her pay her rent. This piece got her the sack from the company’s CEO.

Smith congratulates Williams for writing her piece attacking Jane, stating that millennials have an undeserved sense…

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These businesses have been named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the minimum wage

Original post from Wales Online


Some major high street names are among the businesses, which also include several from around Wales

Monsoon and Accessorize are among the firms named for not paying their staff the minimum wage
Monsoon and Accessorize are among the firms named for not paying their staff the minimum wage

Eleven companies in Wales are among more than 100 across the UK who are named and shamed by the Government today for failing to pay workers the minimum wage.

The businesses, one of which has ceased trading, come from all over Wales and include garages, a coach business, a hairdresser and a branch of the YCMA.

Between them the 11 employers underpaid 13 workers a total of £13,567.

There are well-known national firms on the list, including Monsoon Accessorize Ltd, which owns both the high street chains.

Across the UK as a whole, 115 companies failed to pay their staff the minimum wage in sectors including retail, hairdressing, education, catering and social care.

The £389,000 they underpaid their workers by has already been paid back and the firms will have to pay penalties following investigations by HM Revenue and Customs.

Across the UK 115 companies underpaid their workers by £389,000
Across the UK 115 companies underpaid their workers by £389,000

More than 400 employers have now been named and shamed since ministers launched the scheme two years ago, with total arrears of £1.1m and penalties of more than £500,000.

Among the firms named today the ones with the biggest bills for underpayment include Monsoon Accessorize Ltd which owed £104,000 to 1,400 workers, Tyne & Wear Riding for the Disabled Association (£27,000 to six workers), Project Security in Doncaster (£23,000 to 18 workers) and Carl Keith Salons, Prescot, Merseyside, (£20,000 to five workers).

‘National living wage will be enforced robustly’

Others named included hairdressers, a taxi firm, hotels, a nursery school and a funeral director.

Business minister Nick Boles said: “Employers who fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.”

He pledged that the new national living wage of £7.20 an hour for over 25-year-olds from next April will be enforced “equally robustly” as the minimum wage, currently £6.70.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said the list was just the tip of the iceberg
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said the list was just the tip of the iceberg

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good to see that the Government is naming and shaming more companies who pay their employees less than the minimum wage.

“However, today’s list of offenders is only the tip of the iceberg. Many more employers are getting away with illegal underpayment.”

The Welsh companies named and shamed today are:

  • Solex Systems Ltd (ceased trading), Broughton, neglected to pay £5,978.17 to 3 workers
  • Elgan Davies Ltd, Cardigan, neglected to pay £2,312.62 to 1 worker
  • Nichola Crosby, trading as Beyond The Fringe, Cwmbran, neglected to pay £1,687.91 to 1 worker
  • Young Men’s Christian Association Bargoed and District Branch, Bargoed, neglected to pay £1,372.12 to 1 worker
  • KJM Autos Ltd, Hengoed, neglected to pay £736.12 to 1 worker
  • Ceredigion Couriers Ltd, Machynlleth, neglected to pay £620.55 to 1 worker
  • Forward Life Ltd, Swansea, neglected to pay £286.00 to 1 worker
  • D K Forecourts Ltd, trading as Texaco Garage, Caerphilly, neglected to pay £156.00 to 1 worker
  • Coach Travel Wales Ltd, trading as Coach Travel Wales, Aberystwyth, neglected to pay £153.52 to 1 worker
  • D K Forecourts Ltd, trading as Pavilion Garage, Pontypool, neglected to pay £151.44 to 1 worker
  • Mark Gosling, trading as Regency Autos, Penarth, neglected to pay £116.76 to 1 worker

Read more:

Do jobs where you live pay the living wage? Nearly 300,000 jobs in Wales don’t

The Welsh employers flying the flag for the Living Wage

Employers who fail to pay the living wage could face £20,000 fines and a 15-year ban from directorships, Cameron warns     …………..’



The Real Benefit Cheats of a Twisted Welfare System

Think Left

The Twisted Welfare System

Who are The Real Benefit Cheats of a Twisted Welfare System?

In a topsy-turvey world  workers suffer on  low pay subsidise Big Businesss

This is the Hidden Welfare State

From John Dutton

Businesses collectively are, by far, the biggest benefit scroungers in Britain! In fact, the biggest retail chains and many other large and small British businesses could well afford to pay their low paid employees higher wages!


Instead, their executives prefer to inflate the profits of their owners and line their own and top colleagues’ pockets with huge bonuses! Meanwhile the ordinary British taxpayer picks up the bill and hundreds of thousands of men, women and children have their benefits cut!

The following benefit scroungers’ latest annual subsidies from taxpayers are:
£67m, Next
£364m, Tesco
£221m, Asda
£182m, Sainsbury’s.

That’s a total taxpayer subsidy, for just FOUR companies, alone, of £734 million!
Some of…

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New Hampshire Bans Lower-Than-Minimum Wages For Workers With Disabilities

Reblogged from Beyond Disability


Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure banning employers, in most cases, from paying workers with disabilities at a rate lower than the minimum wage.
Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure banning employers, in most cases, from paying workers with disabilities at a rate lower than the minimum wage.

Decades ago sub-minimum wages were considered a way to help individuals with disabilities find work. But advocates say those wages have been used to exploit workers instead.

The governor said it’s fitting New Hampshire should be the first to ban sub-minimum wages, because the state has a long tradition of greater inclusion over time: “This generational progress toward including every single one of us into the heart and soul of our democracy, our communities, our economy, has a great ripple effect, not only for individuals and not only for their families, but for our economy, too.”

The governor says New Hampshire has been getting calls from other states about the law. While no New Hampshire employers had been paying a sub-minimum wage, disabilities rights groups have estimated more than 400,000 workers with disabilities are paid such wages nationwide.

The law includes an exception for some training programs and for family-owned businesses.

Courtesy of New Hampshire Radio…………’

Family carers; How they are not recognised

Family carers in the UK are saving this country millions.

Carers Allowance

An immediate family carer can receive £58.45 to care for a family member, provided :
You look after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit.
You look after that person for at least 35 hours a week.
You are aged 16 or over.
You are not in full-time education.
You earn £100 a week or less (after deductions).
You satisfy UK presence and residence conditions.

The minimum wage is :
2012 (current rate)

Year 21 and over £6.19
18 to 20 £4.98
Under 18 £3.68
Apprentice* £2.65

So to compare for a 35 hour week

Carers allowance for over 16 years £58.45
Minimum wage for under 18 years £128.80
Minimum wage is 21 or over £216.65

The Carers Allowance is not a payment for looking after your disabled relation, but a benefit for giving at least 35 hours per week to look after the relative. Mostly the carers will give up their normal employment to do this, but are allowed to earn £100.00 a week less deductions..

Both the Carers Allowance and Minimum Wage are taxable.

Whether you are taxed is dependent on your total income with regards to your tax free allowance currently for someone under 65

Personal Allowance 
2012-13 tax year
Basic £8,105
Income limit £100,000

As the Carers Allowance is technically a payment for giving up your paid employment, when you reach retirement age and you receive your pension from the State, the Carers Allowance is no longer paid to you, but you still retain the right to receive it. So if a younger member of the family wishes to take on the responsibility of Carer, the permission of the original carer needs to be obtained before the benefit can be passed on.

So in effect for at least providing 35 hours per week care, a carer is not receiving the minimum wage. When you take into account there are 168 hours per week and normally the working week is no more than 36 hours or at least 48 hours, according to the Working Time Directive, there are 120 hours per week provided by a carer, assuming the disabled person requires 24/7 care, which on an over 21 years minimum wage is £742.80, a discrepancy of £684.35 owed to a 24/7 carer.

While it is not Slavery, as this was abolish in 1833, from which no payment was given, it is something.

What it is, is the LOVE that a carer holds for their disabled relative, which is not being considered by this Government or for any previous Governments. The Personal Family Carer is providing a commitment to a responsibility, that is unfortunately lacking in some who are in paid employment.  many people in employment do it just for the money and that is their commitment, how many of these people would do their job for the hourly rate of a Personal Family Carer, which for the minimum of 35 hours is £1.67 per hour and that is the minimum hours for the benefit. When normally this is for up to anything from 35 hours to 168 hours, what a commitment this is for £58.45 per week.

I do realise that it will never be possible to pay a family carer the correct amount, but at least they should be recognised for the service and the cost savings they are bringing to the country.