New legislation will force farmers to provide itemised payslips for all workers including zero-hour and part-time workers.
The legislation which will come into force in six months will mean workers must be issued with written, printed, or electronic payslips detailing how payment was calculated. The change has been introduced to help workers understand their pay and ensure they are being paid correctly.
Lindsey Knowles, head of employment law and partner at lawyers, Kirwans, called the move an “attempt to improve transparency around pay”, in cases where workers work variable hours.
David Kirwan, agricultural solicitor at the company, said: “Farmers need to understand the changes and how to implement them well in advance of April 6 next year so that both they and their worker can be assured of a smooth transition.
“Payroll processes should be revised as soon as possible to ensure additional information can be gathered together and published in the payslip. It is also important to amend the format of the payslip itself so that the new information can be included ahead of the implementation deadline.”