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A new study has revealed that Scottish workers across the UK have the longest working day and that on average, Scottish workers work eight weeks extra per year with no extra payment.

The survey found that on average, Scottish workers work for more than 30 minutes more than the national average per day with two-thirds of those working in Scotland stating that they put in more effort and time than expected or is required. Applying the figures throughout the year, Scottish workers effectively work for eight weeks more per year than other UK workers.

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The Government has failed to name companies who are underpaying staff despite continually promising to “name and shame” those who are breaking the law.

Critics have stated that the failure to inform the public about which companies are breaking the rules are showing that the government are not serious about tackling the minimum wage issue and eradicating poverty.

Since tougher rules on non-payment of the wage were introduced in 2013, HM Revenue and Customs has investigated 1,004 complaints against employers.

Of those investigated, 398 firms have been named after they were found to be underpaying staff. 165 have not been identified because their total arrears to employees were less than £100. 27 companies have successfully argued they have not broken the law. Despite the criticism, the Department for Business said its priority was to ensure that any wage arrears owed to workers were paid rather than naming employers before them settling what they owe.

The department added that there was a delay in the naming of companies as employers had two chances to appeal before they suffered the reputational damage of being publicly identified, but, that a list of names could be expected shortly.

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Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to £6.50 an hour – and has called on it to under-score the decision by introducing a Fair Employment Commission.

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The Government’s final analysis on employment and the economy has been submitted to the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC). The data will be considered by LPC along with other, wider evidence to enable it to make its recommendations on National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for this year.

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Interns are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practices.

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