Employers Must Provide All Workers With Itemised Payslips From Next Month
If you're the kind of organised person who actually looks at your payslips - you might notice a change to them from next month onwards.
New laws will now require employers to detail all hours worked whereby pay varies - depending on the time worked. Employers must also provide all workers with payslips, so you'll presumably notice the payslip change if you're one of the people who doesn't currently receive a payslip - the change being that you now get one.
At the moment, all employers are obliged to provide their employees with payslips, but from 6th April, contractors, freelancers and the likes will all be legally entitled to receive one too.
If you are a full time employee on a monthly salary, but work overtime at an hourly rate, or are paid depending on the amount of time worked, then these hours must be shown.
The new rules won't be backdated and will only apply to pay periods which begin on or after 6th April. Members of the armed forces and merchant seamen and women will also be excluded from the changes.
The increased transparency is designed to help people understand what they are paying in national insurance, tax and pension contributions.
Alan Price, employment rights expert at HR firm Peninsula, provided a more detailed run down of what the changes might mean for you.
Price told The Mirror: "Importantly, for pay periods starting on or after 6th April, the right to receive an itemised pay statement will be extended to include both workers and employees. Previously this right was reserved only for employees, however businesses must now ensure 'workers', including casual and zero-hours, also receive detailed payslips on or before the date of payment of salary.
"Another change for pay periods starting on or after 6 April is the requirement for the total number of hours worked to be included on payslips for all workers whose pay varies depending on the amount of time worked."
"The rules on this can be tricky; all hourly paid workers will be within scope of this new requirement, as well as salaried hours staff who are paid the same each month for their basic hours but also work overtime and receive extra money for this. In the latter scenario, the payslip will only need to show the hours relating to the overtime, and not the salaried work, because it is the overtime that has made pay vary.
"Where the number of hours is to be included, the hours must be clearly listed as either one total of all the hours which vary pay, or separate hourly figures for each variation of pay."
Put simply, if your employer doesn't provide you with a proper payslip after that, you can take them to a tribunal.
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