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Are amounts deducted from an employee's gross wage by the employer before payment. Under UK legislation, deductions are lawful if they are authorized by statute (e.g. tax and National Insurance), notified in writing to the employee (e.g. payment of union subscriptions or repayment of a company loan), or authorized by contract (e.g. contributions to an occupational pension scheme). Employees can recover unlawful deductions by taking a case under the Wages Act 1986 to an Employment Tribunal. The Act contains special provision to regulate the deductions for loss and breakages for those in retail employment, including shop assistants, insurance agents, and bus drivers. Employers are entitled to recover losses but deductions must not exceed 10 per cent of gross wages on any single pay day.

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