• Find us on:

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

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 your employer has not paid you the wages you expect or made a deduction from your wages, this guide shows you how to write a grievance about unauthorised deductions from your wages. Under the law, 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.

  1. Time limits
  2. Illegal Contracts and Deduction of wages
  3. Itemised pay statement
  4. What are wages?
  5. What are NOT wages?
  6. What is a deduction?
  7. What deductions are authorised deductions ?
  8. Retail workers and deductions from pay
  9. Unauthorised deductions from wages
  10. Special Situations
  11. Writing the Grievance

You may also like…


The information and content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice. Legal information or content on this website relates only to the laws of England and Wales. You should not take any actions based on information found on this website without first seeking appropriate legal advice with respect to your specific matter. No representations or warranties are made about the suitability, currentness, comprehensiveness and/or accuracy of the information and other content contained on this website. It should be noted that legal information and content can rapidly become out of date and we give no undertaking to keep this website up to date. All liability for any loss or damage of any kind which may be suffered as a result of accessing and using the information and/or content of this website is hereby excluded to the full extent permitted by law.