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Pay Issues at Work

Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Pay Issues at Work


Pay issues at work can involve a range of different types of pay – and can cover a number of years if an employee is not aware they have been underpaid or have not received pay they are entitled to.


Disputes over pay usually involve:


  • Bonuses
  • Holiday pay
  • Maternity/paternity/adoption pay
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Overtime
  • Salary
  • Severance pay (Settlement Agreements)
  • Sick pay.


Pay agreements are usually covered by an employment contract, which will set out what an employee is entitled to and also when they will be paid.


Disputes over equal pay between workers – including equal pay between men and women doing the same job – can also be an issue.


Employees should not only be paid the amount stipulated in their contract – but also at the time stipulated, such as on a particular day each month.


Complaining to an employer about pay


In any dispute over pay, it may be necessary to seek expert legal advice from an employment solicitor such as Duncan Lewis to resolve the matter.


An initial complaint can be made to a line manager and then to the employer, either informally or as part of the company’s grievance procedure. An employer must respond within 21 days.


ACAS has a guide to making a complaint at work. Employees may also find it helpful to seek the support of a trade union representative when making a complaint about pay.


If an employee is not in agreement with the employer and the issue cannot be resolved, it is possible to take a case involving a pay dispute to an Employment Tribunal.


There are circumstances under which an employer may be legally entitled to make deductions from wages, however – and these include deductions for Child Support or strike days.


It is important to take expert legal advice as soon as possible if a dispute occurs over unpaid wages or equal pay, as there is a deadline for making a pay claim.


Duncan Lewis can advise employees at any stage of a wage dispute, including legal advice on taking a pay dispute to an Employment Tribunal.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How we can help you


Duncan Lewis employment lawyers act on behalf of claimants and respondents in all Employment Tribunal related matters.


The Duncan Lewis employment team can represent all types of employers, both large and small – as well as advising individual employees in matters relating to the Employment Rights Act 1996 and pay issues.


Duncan Lewis can also advise workers and employers on the National Minimum Wage – and the Modern Slavery Bill.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Fees


Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors operate a transparent fee scale – and can offer a range of competitively priced funding options for claimants and respondents:


  • No-win-no-fee
  • Damage based fee
  • Contingency fee
  • Fixed fees (for specific tasks)
  • Insurance funded cases.


Some cases may also be funded with Contents Insurance or Contents/Buildings Insurance with Employment Protection Cover.


Duncan Lewis believes clients should always know what they will be paying – and will advise on the best funding option at the initial client meeting.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – When to contact us


If you have a problem with employment and pay issues it is important to take legal advice and find out what your rights are as soon as possible.


Duncan Lewis can offer clear legal advice on employment law at any stage of an employment matter.


There are deadlines for claims involving wages –and in the case of deductions from pay, a claim has to be made within three months minus one day after the last deduction.


Duncan Lewis also has a successful track record in advising companies and employers on employment matters and defending pay claims.


The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help with an employment matter or pay claim.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How to contact us


Duncan Lewis has offices nationwide and in most major cities, with more than 20 offices across London and the southeast.


For expert legal advice on employment law and pay issues, call Duncan Lewis employment solicitors on 020 7923 4020.

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