The Payment of Wages Act 1991 gives all employees a right to a pay slip which will show the gross wage and details of all deductions. A pay slip is essentially a statement in writing from the employer to the employee that outlines the total pay before tax and all details of any deductions from pay. It can be provided to you either in electronic format or in hard copy. Your right to a pay slip is set down in Section 4 of this Act.
The Payment of Wages Act 1991 refers to situations where either deductions are made from pay or the employee is required to make a payment to the employer. The following deductions from your pay by your employer are allowed when:
Where your employer suffers loss through your fault, for example breakages or till shortages or your employer supplies a service as part of the job, for example, a uniform, deductions may be allowed. In these cases a deduction (or payment by the employee) is only allowed where:
Failure to pay all or part of the wages due to an employee is considered an unlawful deduction and a complaint can be made under the Payment of Wages Act – see ‘How to apply’ below. Likewise, unpaid notice, holiday pay, bonus and commission payments can also form part of a claim under the Act.
Complaints about unauthorised deductions from wages under the Payment of Wages Act 1991 should be made to Workplace Relations Customer Services. You must use the new online complaint form (available by selecting ‘Make a complaint in relation to employment rights’ on workplacerelations.ie). A complaint must be brought within 6 months of the date of the deduction. The time limit may be extended for up to a further 6 months, but only where there are exceptional circumstances which prevented the complaint being brought within the normal time limit.
An employer who fails to provide a payslip or provides one that is deliberately falsified is guilty of an offence under the Payment of Wages Act 1991 and may be fined. Complaints about payslips should be made as above. Further information is available in this explanatory booklet on the Payment of Wages Act 1991 (pdf) or from Workplace Relations Customer Services - see 'Where to apply' below.
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