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The right to be paid wages in full is one of the most basic, and oldest, employment rights. A failure to pay will generally give a worker the right to bring a claim for unlawful deduction from wages. In a small number of cases, however, an employer is permitted to make a deduction.
An employer may not make a deduction from the wages of any worker employed by the employer, or receive a payment from such a worker, unless:
it is required or authorised to be made by virtue of any statutory provision or any relevant provision of the worker's contract, or
the worker has previously signified in writing their agreement or consent to the making of it
For further information, see: When deductions are lawful below.
For further information:
on the meaning of 'wages' see: Definition of wages below
on the definition of 'worker' for these purposes, see: Definition of 'worker' below
on the circumstances in which deductions are permitted, see: Excepted deductions and payments below
on the claims that a worker may bring, see: Bringing a claim below
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