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Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Do you have a written contract which says how much you should get paid?
How long have you worked there for?
Why do you hve to pay your employer's NIC - how does that work according to your employer? This is entirely their responsibility
Your rights will depend on what was actually agreed, what contract you signed and the arrangements with your employment – something which someone can only determine if they sit down with you and go over all documentation and establish what your actual position is. For us that would be impossible to do as we are limited to discussing this online only.
Therefore, I cannot say whether what you are being paid is what you are actually entitled to but I can advise on what you can do if it turns out that you are being underpaid.
If that is the case then it potentially amounts to an unlawful deduction from wages, which is made illegal under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
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.
Only you can decide whether to stray or go - this is really a personal decision for you to make, depending on how you feel about working there and if you know you can find something else that you would rather do. As to a reference, they do not have to provide one at all but if they do then it has to be accurate and truthful to represent the facts
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Many thanks, ***** ***** best