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Employers are encouraged to act now: The law around payslips is changing in April 2019

November 26, 2018


For employees, payday isn’t just another day. And for employers?

It means making sure their staff have their payslips either before or on the day they get paid.

It doesn’t matter how their staff get their payslips: they can be hand-delivered, sent by post or by email. Maybe steer clear of carrier pigeons.

Employers should make sure that their employees’ payslips show:

• Their earnings before and after any deductions.
• The amount of any deductions that change each time they’re paid, for example, tax and National Insurance.
• Any benefits they’ve agreed to have taken out of their salary, including season-ticket loans or bike loans.

April 2019: what’s changing?

Currently, only employees are entitled to receive a payslip. From April, if you use workers—including agency staff, bank staff, casual staff or zero-hours staff—they’ll also need to send them an itemised payslip on or before every payday

From 6th April 2019, they’ll also need to state how many hours they’re paying workers for on their payslips if their pay varies based on the number of hours they work.

Why’s it changing?

It’s all about transparency.

Without a payslip, it can be difficult for a casual worker or agency worker to see what deductions have been made from their pay.

And if their pay doesn’t tally up, armed with their payslip, they can challenge you more easily.

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