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Right to itemised pay statements to be extended to all workers

With effect from 6 April 2019, every worker will have the right to an itemised pay statement. This must be at or before the time at which any payment of wages or salary is made.

Additionally, where pay received is dictated by time worked, then the statement must contain the total hours worked, either as a single aggregate figure, or separate figures for different types of work or different rates of pay.

Legal comment

Itemised payslips should increase transparency and enable queries to be resolved far quicker. While in the short term this will likely increase employee queries, in the long term it should lead to fewer problematic disputes that take longer to resolve.

While the requirement does not come into force until 6 April 2019, many employers may want to trial a phased rollout, as this could iron out issues beforehand and prevent a spike in employee queries after the official launch date.