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

Such deductions are only lawful if there is a specific term in the contract of employment permitting the employer to do so. You must also be given a written copy of the term so that you know your liability in the event of till shortages.

Only then are deductions from wages lawful. And they must not take more than 10% of your gross pay your gross pay in any one pay packet, except for the final one.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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