Failure to pay wages – in full and on time – is also a fundamental breach of the employment contract.
An important change was made to employment tribunal procedure in May 2014. The first step, before bringing any tribunal claim, is now to complete an Acas Early Conciliation Notification Form.
There is more information in the Acas booklet: Acas early conciliation process explained. There are strict time limits involved and you must not delay as the deadline is very short. If you don't follow the correct process, or if you delay and miss the deadline, you will not be able to bring your claim.
Acas early conciliation is free of charge. With your agreement, Acas should contact your employer to explain to them that wages must be paid when due. Sometimes, intervention from an outside party such as Acas is all that is needed to persuade your employer that wages must be paid without delay.
You can find out more about bringing a tribunal claim, including Acas early conciliation, tribunal fees and applying for help with fees, in our Enforcing your Rights section.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to make your application. Do not leave it to the last minute.