I am a shop worker. Can my employer make deductions from wages to cover till shortages?

Workers can be put under tremendous pressure to pick up the tab for losses which are not their fault - for example, by being threatened with dismissal.

Such deductions are only lawful if there is a specific term in the contract of employment permitting the employer to do so. You must be given a written copy of that term so that you know your liability in the event of till shortages, and the deductions must not exceed 10% of your gross pay packet unless it is your final pay packet.

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