Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Is there anything in the employee's contracts about attending such meetings?
Hi,The employment contract does mention meetings, but not that they are unpaid
Hi, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied last night. To answer your queries:
The specific time that is included, which is most relevant is ‘training’. The workers would only get paid if they are attending training sessions, and unless the staff meeting was for training then such meetings would not usually be paid, unless it was previously agreed that would be the case.
However, they cannot force the workers to pay additional; money on top of that from their pay because if that happens the employer could be making unlawful deduction of wages.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Can you just clarify the theft point for me. The company have contacted the police about this matter and I would expect them to attempt to get the money back from the people involved via a prosicution. Should they recover the money, would they be require to reimburse the tip money otherwise they surly would be profiting from this crime?
It is unlikely that the police would see this as theft and they would decide this is a civil matter, something that needs to be resolved through the civil routes, like the tribunal or courts. But if they do decide and prosecute then they will only recover the money which they believe has been stolen. As mentioned tips can be used to offset till shortages so this is not theft and the employer would not be profiting from this - they will be covering money that has gone missing so they would not be any better off
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