Deductions From Wages
Employees have an expectation and contractual right to receive wages and benefits from their employer in accordance with the agreement that they have with that employer for remuneration. The effect of the Employment Rights Act 1996 Part II is to make it against the law for employers to make deductions from employees’ wages unless the employee has previously consented and agreed this in writing. An example might make this clear. Where an employee retains an item eg a mobile telephone after he has left employment the employer can’t simply deduct its value from the employee’s last wage’s packet; or at least not unless such a power has been previously consented to in writing.