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Unauthorised deductions

One of three conditions has to be met for an employer to lawfully make deductions from wages or take payments from a worker. If this is not the case then the deduction is unauthorised. For the deduction or payment to be authorised it must be; • required or authorised by legislation (for example, income tax or national insurance deductions; • authorised by the worker's contract - provided the worker has been given a written copy of the relevant terms or a written explanation of them before it is made; or • consented to by the worker in writing before it is made See also; Unauthorised deductions from your wages How to write a grievance about unauthorised deductions from your wages