An employer cannot make deductions from employee wages unless permission to do so is expressly stated in the employment contract. Unlawful wage deduction cases weigh heavily on evidence. An employee who has experienced an illegal salary or wage deduction is entitled to bring a claim to Tribunal within three months of the last deduction.
UK Breach of Employment Contract Law Firm
A breach of contract happens when either an employer or employee breaks one of the terms of an employment contract. Perhaps an employer fails to pay the employee wages he or she is owed, or an employee doesn't work the agreed hours. The most common breaches of contracts we see at Waldegraves involve wage disputes.
If you think there has been a breach of your employment contract, check the terms of the contract. After reviewing it, if you believe a breach has occurred, directly address the problem with your employer or employee. If the issue cannot be resolved, you may wish to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer about taking legal action.
At Waldegraves, we have significant experience representing both employers and employees in breach of contract cases over wages. We can also act for you in a breach of restricted covenant. It is common for contract employees to sign a breach of restricted covenant agreeing not to take information, including client contacts, from the company when their employment contract ends.
Cutting Wages As an Alternative to Redundancy
Recently, many employers in the UK have chosen to implement an alternative to redundancy - cutting wages. Generally, if the employer has a legitimate business reason to propose the wage cut, employees have no basis for legal action. They can choose to accept the lower wage or be dismissed lawfully.
Contact Waldegraves by completing our online form or call 0203 603 5377 to speak with a highly experienced London solicitor advocate about unlawful wage deductions or a breach of contract. In addition to our extensive knowledge of employment law, we also bring sensitivity and compassion to our work.