Deductions for training courses
Employers can only deduct money for training courses if it was agreed in the contract or in writing beforehand.
For example, an employer could ask someone to agree in writing before a training course to pay back costs if they leave within 6 months.
When a deduction can take wages below the National Minimum Wage
A deduction for training courses can only take someone’s pay below the National Minimum Wage if they agreed to pay back costs and either:
- chose to leave
- were dismissed because of their conduct
If someone is made redundant and a deduction for training courses would take their pay below the National Minimum Wage, employers should speak to an Acas adviser to discuss their options and make sure they do not break the law.