Tuesday 4 March 2008

Strikes: Deducting a day's wage

The High Court has considered, in Cooper v Isle of Wight College, how much pay an employer can deduct from a worker's wage packet when that worker is on strike.

Blake J. held that the employer can only deduct the amount that an employee could recover in an unlawful deductions claim (which, for someone working a 260-day year, is 1/260th of salary). The employer cannot go further, and deduct the actual loss to the business (such as the pro rata element of holiday pay entitlement).

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