I’m 18 with a part time job which I’ve had for a few years, where I work has recently been taken over by new owners. Since they started, most weeks I’ve been underpaid (I’m on minimum wage).
The underpayment can range from pence to pounds. As the business where I work is only small, I work directly with the owner so often I feel uncomfortable about challenging when I’m underpaid. I feel petty questioning pay issues and have only ever challenged it when it was under by £20.
This week I have been underpaid resulting in being paid around £5.88 an hour for the week - for context the minimum wage for my age is £6.15 an hour. A under 18 member of staff has been paid around £3.88 an hour - minimum wage is £4.35 for under 18s.
I’m not sure what to do next. I know that I can report minimum wage violations to HMRC but I’m concerned that the owners will find out I have reported them. I’m also not sure if the underpayments are enough for them to do anything about it.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Edit: for added context, we record our hours on a sign in/out sheet. We also aren’t provided with payslips which makes tracking pay difficult.