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Unpaid Wages

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Non payment of wages not only includes failure to pay the monthly salary owed to you, it also includes unlawful dedications or failure to pay wages, bonuses or holiday pay. If you do find yourself in this situation you must act fast, there is a 3 month and 1 day time limit in which to make a claim. 

Unlawful Deduction Of Wages

Employees, or workers, providing work or service to another under a contract has a right to be paid for fair work and not have unlawful and unauthorised deductions from their wages. 

The following types of payments are considered wages for this purpose:

  • Salary
  • Commission
  • Bonuses
  • Holiday Pay
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory maternity, paternity or adoption pay
  • Notice pay

The following are not classed as wages:

  • Benefits in kind
  • Loans and advance on wages
  • Pensions, allowance or gratuities 
  • Expenses
  • Redundancy pay

If your employer does not pay, or reduces any of above you will not be able to claim for unpaid wages. However, you may be able to claim for breach of contract. 

Lawful Deductions From Wages

Your employer can make deductions from your salary in the following circumstances:

  • Authorised by you in writing
  • Authorised by statute
  • Authorised by contract

Unpaid bonuses

A claim for unpaid bonuses is generally the trickiest of the unpaid wages claim to make. This is because generally, bonuses are often paid based on performance and at the employer’s discretion. However, the entitlement to a bonus is often written into contract or paid on the basis of custom and practice.

The downfall of most unpaid bonus claims is that you must be able to state the amount you are entitled to. If the amount you get is completely discretionary then you may have difficulty proving your case. 

How Can Monarch Solicitors Help?

Our specialist employment solicitors have decades of experience dealing with employment issues. They are well equipped to deal with a whole manner of different cases no matter how big or small. 

Our team have had great success negotiating settlement offers, taking claims to the Employment Tribunal, and many more. Every person we represent receives the same high quality of treatment and personal service.

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Call us on 0330 127 8888 for an initial consultation. Or email us on [email protected] and one of our team will get back to you.

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Most frequent questions and answers

The first step you may wish to take is to raise a grievance with your employer to notify the employer about the wages owed to you. This is a formal notice to the employer about your issues. If the employer still has not repaid the wages you are owed then you may consider taking legal action by making a claim through the courts or tribunal.

If your employer persistently fails to pay your wages then you are entitled to resign and claim constructive dismissal as your employer is in breach of your employment contract.

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