Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Deductions from Wages

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Deductions from Wages

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Q. Are there any laws covering what deductions can be made from a worker's wages by employers? A. The Employment Rights Act 1996 gives a worker a right not to have an unauthorised deduction made from her/his wages Q. What does the definition of wages include? A. When dealing with issues about deductions from wages, the following are all considered to be wages: bonuses & commission; fees; statutory sick pay & maternity pay; benefits in kind which have a cash value Q. When can an employer make a deduction from a worker's wages? A. Unless one of the exceptions applies, a deduction from a worker's wages can only be lawfully made if: | it is authorised by the law, fro example, deductions for income tax and national insurance | it is authorised by the contract of employment | the worker has previously given her/his written consent to the deduction being made.

In addition there are extra rules for workers in retail employment. Q. What are the exceptions to the above rules? A. An employer can make certain deductions from a worker's wages without having to fit into the above rules.

Deductions can lawfully be made in cases of : overpayment of wages; deductions because the worker took part in industrial action; deductions made after a court or tribunal ordered the worker to pay a certain amount to the employer. …

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