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How to write a grievance about unauthorised deductions from your wages or salary

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This guide provides in depth direction on writing a grievance about unauthorised deductions from your wages or salary. It shows you how to escalate breaches of policy and employment law, strategies and issues of limitation that you need to be aware of. What is a grievance? The ACAS Code defines grievances as “concerns, problems or complaints that […]

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This guide provides in depth direction on writing a grievance about unauthorised deductions from your wages or salary. It shows you how to escalate breaches of policy and employment law, strategies and issues of limitation that you need to be aware of.

What is a grievance?

The ACAS Code defines grievances as “concerns, problems or complaints that employees raise with their employers”.  You can raise a grievance about things like your terms and conditions of employment, health and safety, workplace relationships, new working practices, organisational changes, equality, discrimination, bullying and harassment, and whistleblowing.   Always try to resolve problems informally before raising a grievance.

Unauthorised Deductions

It is an implied term of your employment contract that your employer will pay your wages. In return, you must be ready and willing to perform all of your obligations under the employment contract. Generally, it does not matter whether there is any work for you to do. You are still entitled to pay if you are unable to work through no fault of your own.  You and your employer are free to make any legal arrangements on pay, but your wages must not be less that the National Minimum Wage if you are under 25 or the National Living Wage if you are over 25. You are not entitled to pay for any period of time when you can work, but refuse to work.
Part 2 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) gives you protection against unlawful deductions from wages. This protection extends to those working under a contract of employment, apprentices and individuals who are undertaken to personally perform work or services. If you think you have been underpaid, or that your employer has made an unlawful deduction from your wages, use this guide to understand your rights before taking any action.

This guide includes explanations of current relevant case law and legal terms. It shows you how to frame a grievance specifically about unauthorised deductions from your wages or salary, explain the net amount you believe that you are owed and on what basis you are making the claim.

 

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The E-book shop has employment law guides available to download. The books provide you with information, templates, how-to’s, and insider tips so that you know as much, if not more than your employer about the legal aspects of your case, and options available to you. We also have templates of Employment Tribunal claims to help you present your case properly to the Employment Tribunal and maximize your chances of winning your claim

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