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Name: Wages Act 1986 (Chapter 48)
Country: United Kingdom
Subject(s): Wages
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1986-07-25
Entry into force:
Published on: Printed separately, 45 p.
ISN: GBR-1986-L-2485
Bibliography: Printed separately, 45 p.
Abstract/Citation: Part I of the Act relates to the protection of workers in relation to the payment of wages. It restricts the circumstances in which an employer may make deductions from wages. In section 11, it repeals the enactments listed in Schedule 1 to the Act, which imposed restrictions in relation to the payment of wages in cash to manual and other workers (including sections 135 and 135A of the Factories Act 1961 (Chapter 34) (LS 1961 - UK 1). Part II of the new Act limits the scope of operation of Wage Councils created under the Wage Councils Act 1979, which ceases to have effect. They may now fix wages only of workers over the age of 21. Schedule 2 contains fresh rules for the constitution of wages councils. The new enactment also contains, inter alia, provisions regarding piece work as well as record-keeping requirements in connection with enforcement. Part III places limits on redundancy rebates to employers with fewer than ten employees. In Part IV, the scope of application of the Act is stated and varying dates for entry into force for different sections are given. In all, six Schedules are attached.
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