David McCartney v Mercury Security Management Ltd 
Legal BodyNI Industrial/Employment Tribunal
Type of Claim / JurisdictionContracts of Employment, Pay and Conditions of Employment
The claimant worked for the respondent as a CCTV operator. Since 1 December 2009, relevant CCTV operators are legally obliged to possess a CCTV licence granted by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The claimant argued that the respondent had failed to pay his SIA licence fee and that he had suffered a financial detriment. The argument was essentially that the respondent’s failure to reimburse the claimant for the fee amounted to an unlawful ‘deduction’ from his ‘wages’.
An arrangement had been put in place for the reimbursement of employees who had paid the fee but left before the expiry
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