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Workers' rights to itemised payslips

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With effect from 6 April 2019, all workers (not just employees) will have the right to receive an itemised pay statement.  This will include, for example, workers on zero hours contracts.

Employers are currently required to keep a sufficient record of information to establish that a worker is being paid correctly for the hours they work.  However, a worker only has the right to access that information if they reasonably believe that they are being paid less than the national minimum wage.

The new right will allow workers to check their itemised pay statement and contact ACAS/HMRC (and ultimately the Employment Tribunal) if they believe they are being underpaid. The aim of the new right is to increase transparency between employers and workers, with the result that a higher number of workers will be paid correctly.

Employers should be instructing their payroll provider to ensure that necessary changes are being put into place ready for 6 April 2019.

[The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2018 amends sections 8, 9, 11 and 12 of the Employment Rights Act 1996]

Roythornes employment law for employees department can advise you on your rights in this matter.