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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

Deductions and payments from workers: recovery of overpayments of wages

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

* National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, regulations 12(2)(c)

Where an employer has accidentally overpaid wages and subsequently recovers the overpayment from the worker, the recovery will not reduce national minimum wage pay. This applies when the recovery is made either by deductions from a worker’s pay or by a payment made to the employer from the worker.