Would You Work For No Pay?

Somewhat unbelievably, an employee of a company was not paid any wages whatsoever for a staggering seven years of work. Thankfully, employment law provides people the protection and help to get back what is owed to them and the female received £182,000 in compensation for her previously unpaid work.

After the employeee resigned from her position, an Employment Tribunal ruled that the worker had been in employment without any pay for a businessman during a seven year timeframe and made the decision to uphold the claim for unlawful deductions from wages. The compensation amount was derived from the amount of gross salary the employee would have received had she been paid.

Naturally, the employer tried to challenge the award, appealing that it should have actually been the net amount of earnings after the deduction of things lke NI Contributions and Income Tax but the Employment Appeal Tribunal stated that it was actually the employers duty and responsibility to ensure the deductions were made through the PAYE system and therefore rejected his appeal.

It was unreasonable to expect the Employment Tribunal to go through the tax calculations and work out the necessary payments due so it was left that the employer needed to resolve the issue with HM Revenue and Customs. It was also found that the appeal was not needed and merely carried out by the employer to stall proceedings and delay paying what was owed to the ex employee. A further blow to the employer was the fact he was also ordered to pay the legal costs for the appeal.

If you think an employer has been making unlawful deductions from your wages or have any other issue at work then give our expert employment law specialists a call today, free on 0800 3 10 11 12 or contact us online.