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A pub employee has been caught systematically stealing from

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A pub employee has been caught systematically stealing from the cash register - with CCTV evidence linked to the cash register. Employee warned, then suspended and police informed. She has decided to leave. Are we the employer entitled to withhold final pay and holiday pay as part compensation for the amount stolen.

Hi my name is ***** ***** I am a solicitor specialising in employment law and I am happy to help you today.

Unless there is a clause in her employment contract which allows you to retain/ withhold pay and holiday pay or she agrees that you do so then technically she could bring a claim of unlawful deduction from wages/ breach of the working time regulations and would win as the rules do not allow you to do this without consent or a contractual right.

Perhaps from a practical point of view you could withhold and see what she does next. If she were to start ACAS early conciliation (pre-claim process) then you would be better off settling. That way , in the event she doesn't claim, you will be better off.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Jenny, very helpful. Could you give me a clause for the contract that would have covered this (it's not a cash register or stock shortage, or customer leaving without paying). For the future.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I asked a follow-up question yesterday but have not had a reply.

I can but I will need to charge to draft a clause of this nature. I will offer it as an additional service.

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