Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Does your contract state your employer can do that?
No it is not on my contract.
How long have you worked there for?
I worked for the garden centre for 4 years, but it got taken over by the current company about a year and a half ago. so in total a year and a half.
ok let me get my response ready please
This potentially amounts to an unlawful deduction from wages, which is made illegal under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Under law, an employer can only make deductions from, or withhold an employee’s wages in the following circumstances:
If none of the above exemptions apply, the deductions will most likely be unlawful. In order to try and resolve this, the employer should be contacted in writing, advised that this is being treated as unlawful deduction of wages and ask them to pay back the money within 7 days. Advise them that if they fail to pay the money that is owed, legal proceedings could follow.
If the employer does not return the money as requested, the following options are available:
Hopefully by warning the employer you are aware of your rights and are not going to hesitate taking further action they will be prompted to reconsider their position and work towards resolving this.
ok thanks, XXXXX XXXXX employer sack me for making this kind of fret?
you should be protected against unfair dismissal because the employment would have been continuous and you need 2 years continuous service to be protected
Ok thanks for your advice, much appreciated.
you are most welcome, all the best
you rated poor service?