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Hello, my name is Ben, I am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.
Does your contract stipulate a specific payment date?
Thank you. If the employer does not pay you as stipulated in the contract, that would technically amount to a breach of contract. In addition, it can also be an unlawful deduction of wages, which is unlawful under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Whilst you can make a claim to recover any sums due to you which have not been paid, if the issue is just a mater of not paying you on time and delaying it by a few days, a claim is pointless. That is because by the time you make the claim and it is officially heard, you would have been paid. The only claim left then is for any losses you may have incurred as a result, such as bank charges.
So in reality you cannot prevent this from happening. If the employer wanted to, they can pay you late month after month. Your protection is there if they do not pay at all, but if they only delay it, then there is no real protection and in the end you have to consider whether this is an employer you want to continue working with, considering how they treat you.
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