Part II Protection of Wages (ss 13-27)
Part II Protection of Wages (ss 13-27)

13 Right not to suffer unauthorised deductions

(1)     An employer shall not make a deduction from wages of a worker employed by him unless—

(a)     the deduction is required or authorised to be made by virtue of a statutory provision or a relevant provision of the worker's contract, or

(b)     the worker has previously signified in writing his agreement or consent to the making of the deduction.

(2)     In this section “relevant provision”, in relation to a worker's contract, means a provision of the contract comprised—

(a)     in one or more written terms of the contract of which the employer has given the worker a copy on an occasion prior to the employer making the deduction in question, or

(b)     in one or more terms of the contract (whether express or implied and, if express, whether oral or in writing) the existence and effect, or combined effect, of which in relation to the worker the employer has notified to the worker in writing on such an occasion.

(3)     Where the total amount of wages paid on any occasion by an employer to a worker employed by him is less than the total amount of the wages properly payable by him to the worker on that occasion (after deductions), the amount of the deficiency shall be treated for the purposes of this Part as a deduction made by the employer from the worker's wages on that occasion.

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