Payroll disputes lead to tribunals
Complicated payrolls are causing nearly 100,000 employment tribunals in the retail sector every year, according to a new study.
Law firm Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) found that complaints about unauthorised deductions from pay and demandsfor wage equality were behind many of the disputes. As many as 1,000 tribunals resulted from staff not being given regular payslips.
The 98,806 tribunals which fell into the pay-related categories was double the number of unfair dismissal cases, four times the number of sex discrimination cases and nearly 25 times the number of race discrimination cases.
Annabel Dawkins of ELAS says retailers can benefit from specialist help to cope with the regulatory burden.
“Businesses sometimes get overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of handling workers' pay,” says Dawkins. “Our research showed that small and medium-sized firms in particular can get phased by the laws and regulations impacting on pay and how they apply to their workforce. Faced with potentially disastrous consequences of getting an employee's pay even slightly wrong, SMEs we spoke to said they needed more specialist help to cope.”
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