Could vague pay slips cost you a packet?

You might need to deduct pay for various reasons, from recovering an overpayment in a previous period to adjusting figures to account for an unpaid absence. Just make sure you itemise things clearly.

The simplest approach is always to identify and explain any deductions you are making clearly on the payslip.

This will certainly reduce the risk of costly disputes with employees and of penalties for not complying with the law, but there is one other important point to bear in mind.

There is a strict limit on the default rights of employers to make deductions. Generally speaking, the right for you to make deductions must be included in the employment contract and the terms must be fair.

Even if, say, an employee maliciously damaged office equipment, you could not legally deduct the repair bill from their wages, unless it is in their employment contract.

If you would like to discuss salary deductions, your standard employment contracts or any other aspect of employment law, please get in touch.


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