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Hi Ben, I am owed 25hrs for June and July at time and a quarter about £12.60 per hour. Another lady 22.50hrs at £6.80 also one for 5.25hrs at £6.70.
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.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Thank you Ben, that is very helpful. I was going to write to head office for an explanation but I can also quote your advice too. Thanks again Deborah.
you are most welcome, hope you get it resolved