Thanks for your patience. If the employer withholds your pay for this reason then it would potentially amount 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 it is legally allowed (e.g. to deduct tax);
· If it is to recover an earlier overpayment of wages made by the employer;
· If their contract specifically allows for the deductions to be made; or
· If the employee has given their explicit written agreement for the deductions to be made.
If none of the above exemptions apply, the deductions will most likely be unlawful. So really they need a specific contractual clause accepted by you allowing them to do this in order to be legally able to withhold your pay.
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