Unauthorised deductions from wages (ICAS)


Protection of wages from unauthorised deductions by the employer was one of the first elements of employment protection put in place in England and Wales. Protection of this type has been around in one form or another for over 200 years.

Now contained in the Employment Rights Act 1996, the rules are highly prescriptive, and the requirements can catch employers unawares, particularly in the retail sector. This is an area that no employer can afford to ignore.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, you will have a greater understanding of:




  • which categories of workers qualify for protection
  • the circumstances in which an “unauthorised deduction” occurs
  • what is classed as “wages”
  • the special provisions applicable to retail employment
  • the available remedies for an individual who has suffered an unauthorised deduction
  • the overlap with possible contractual claims

Authored: by Karen Teago

Karen Teago practised employment law in regional commercial firms from 2001 to 2010. Since leaving private practice she has prepared and presented numerous lectures, courses and webinars on a variety of employment law topics. She is a Director of an HR Consultancy in Northamptonshire and was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2015.


A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon successful completion of the online course.

CPD Points: 1

CPD Duration (hours): 1

Access: 12 months from purchase date

Price: £35.00 (excludes VAT)