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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. Firstly, I need to ask some initial questions to determine the legal position.
Have they provided a breakdown of this cost? Also, how long have you worked there for?
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Can I just check if your contract allows them to deduct that money from your pay?
Thank you. Whilst the work may not have been carried out, if they have a reasonable estimate of what it would cost to fix it, they can proceed on that basis. The key is whether they have the contractual right to make such deductions from your pay. However, in your case it states that you have to pay the excess only, which is £500, rather than the full £680 they are trying to take. Also, the contract must clearly state that they are allowed to deduct that from your pay – it is not good enough for it to simply state you have to pay it – they have to be very clear that it is allowed for it to be deducted from your pay. If there is no such wording, then any deductions from your pay would be unlawful and you can challenge them and recover it.
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