Where electronic payslips are provided, can we charge a reasonable fee for providing a paper payslip if an employee insists on this?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 September 2021
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Payslips; Pay Reductions

Deductions from wages are only permitted where required or authorise under statute or the contract of employment or where the worker has previously given express written consent. Whilst there is no specific rule preventing an employer from charging an employee for a paper payslip, there is also no statutory provision enabling it to.

An employer who charges fees for paper payslips could fall foul to the unlawful deductions regime if it was not required under the contract or it did not have the employee’s agreement to the deduction.

By extension of this, potential employee-employer relations issues could arise under these circumstances. Especially in the context of lower earners, deductions

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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