Employment law solicitors for work pay issues or bonus disputes

We have helped over 3,000 employees with their employment law claims and we can help you with your claim.

If you have a dispute with your employer about pay or an unpaid bonus, our Employment Law Solicitors can provide you with expert legal advice on how to get your employer to pay you for the work you have done.

Once we have provided you with a written, fixed fee quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change.

Unlike many Employment Law Solicitors we only represent employees. This means we understand the laws relating to employee legal rights in intricate detail. We can resolve most employee legal issues quickly, saving time, money and stress.

Your help made a big difference to my ability to stand my ground with my employers. Thank you. (Miss A., Hertfordshire)

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Our fixed fees for advising employees on unpaid wages start from £240 (including VAT). For this fee we will review your documents, provide you with advice on your potential claim and draft a grievance on your behalf. Once we have provided you with a written, fixed fee quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change.

Unlike many Employment Law Solicitors we only represent employees. This means we understand the laws relating to employee legal rights in intricate detail. We can resolve most employee legal issues quickly, saving time, money and stress.

Does your employer owe you unpaid wages?

The payment of wages is a fundamental part of your employment contract and this can include normal wages, bonus payments, commission and holiday pay.

Unless it is specifically stated in the employment contract, an employer in England or Wales cannot deduct wages from a worker, unless there has been an overpayment, and even then, special rules apply.

There are 2 main reasons that an employer may owe an employee unpaid wages:

  1. If the correct wages have not been paid
  2. If the employer has deducted money from an employee’s pay

An employer is generally allowed to deduct the following monies from pay:

  • Tax and national insurance
  • Pension
  • An overpayment of wages
  • Deductions agreed by the employee

If your employer refuses to pay you correctly, you should immediately raise the issue informally with your employer. If you are unable to resolve the issue informally within a week or two then you should then consider lodging a grievance with your employer. Do not delay.

Check if your employer has a workplace grievance procedure. If they don't, ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides practical guidance on what you should do when lodging a grievance. This includes the following:

  • Let the employer know the nature of the grievance
  • Hold a meeting with the employee to discuss the grievance
  • Allow the employee to be accompanied at the meeting
  • Decide an appropriate action
  • Allow the employee to take the grievance further i.e. appeal, if the issue is not resolved

If you need advice on your potential wages claim, we offer a fixed fee service for reviewing your documents, providing advice and drafting a grievance.

Time limits are crucial. To pursue a Tribunal wages claim, you must commence Early Conciliation (EC) with ACAS within three months less one day of the last deduction (or if there is more than one deduction, within three months less one day of the last in the series of deductions.) Once EC has ended, you will have a limited time in which to lodge a Tribunal claim and you should seek employment law advice immediately.

Alternatively, if the last deduction from your pay was over three months ago and no action has been taken, you can no longer make a claim within the Employment Tribunal although you may make a claim in the County Court. The difficulty is that court fees will apply. Nevertheless, you should still consider lodging a grievance with your employer and make attempts to resolve the issues within the workplace.

About Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.

As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.