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What are my rights to pay at work?

Posted on Wednesday, 17th July 2013 by

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If you have worked, then as an employee you are entitled to be paid. You are also entitled to be paid if you cannot work due to sickness or being on maternity leave/paternity leave/parental leave/adoption leave. Paid holiday is also allowed throughout the year.


In most situations, you are entitled to your usual wage whilst off work. However, some leaves have exceptions, like for instance maternity/paternity leave may not be as much as your usual wage. Sick pay may also not be as much as your usual pay – this is often stated in your employment contract. Unpaid time off work is also given sometimes.


Almost all workers are entitled to the national minimum wage or more if stated in their contract. Employers cannot discriminate with the amount they pay workers, for example paying Asian workers more than white workers is not acceptable behavior, or paying men more than women. This is therefore known as ‘equal pay’. Workers under 16 years of age, people who work as nannies or au-pairs, or self employed people sometimes do not receive a minimum wage, as they are not entitled to it. The minimum wage for workers aged 21 and over is currently £6.19 per hour.


The method in which your wages are paid is up to your employer’s discretion. This may be through your bank most commonly. Your contract should state when your wages are paid – for example at the end or beginning of the month, whether they are paid in advance or arrears, or if wages are paid a week in hand.


All employees are entitled to a written payslip. Payslips must show the gross pay (pay before tax or national insurance has been taken off), the amount of deductions which change from week to week, the total amount of any fixed deductions, and the total amount of take home pay after these deductions.


If you do not get paid, or you are paid late, this counts as a deduction from your wages, your employer may therefore be breaking the law. A solicitor can help you through all employment matters.

Andrew is a Commercial & Employment Law solicitor in Leicester. Our Solicitors in Leicester are experts in their fields and dedicated to quality client care. If you would like to find out more about our solicitors in Leicester please contact us.


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Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
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