Guidance

Payment of union subscriptions through check off

Guidance for employers to ensure that deductions they make are lawful, and the remedy available to workers from whom deductions are unlawfully made.

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Some workers who are union members pay their union subscriptions by deduction from their pay at source. The money is then passed direct to the union by their employer. This arrangement is known as ‘check off’.

This guide sets out the steps that employers must take to ensure that deductions they make are lawful, and the remedy available to workers if they consider that a deduction has been made without proper authorisation.