This topic looks at different methods of payment and the law in relation to them.
The length of an employee's pay period should be included in the written particulars of employment, which the employer must provide for the employee except those employed for less than one month (Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) s.1(4)(b)). The statement must be given not later than within two months after the beginning of the employment: ERA 1996 s.1(2).
The Wages Act 1986 became law on 1 January 1987. This gave employers the right to require employees (including manual workers) to receive pay by a method other than cash if starting work on or after 1 January 1987.
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