Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Unless he had a written contract with you which stated that you can do so, then if you take money off his wages it could amount to a breach of contract or in some circumstances even an unlawful deduction of wages. Therefore, to be on the safe side you must only make such deductions if a specific provision existed in his contract allowing you to do so. In the absence of such a clause, you can still pursue the person separately, for example by making a negligence claim against him
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
But he is a self employed individual.
yes I understand but the self employed have rights as well, it would be a breach of contract to just stop his pay, even if you believe he has damaged equipment and owes you money. You must pay him as normal and if you want to pursue him for damages caused by his actions then you must do so separately, for example the small claims court
Thanks, ***** ***** do so.