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Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Administration) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Inspection of employers' records

10.—(1) Every employer, whenever called upon to do so by any authorised officer of the Board, shall produce the documents and records specified in paragraph (2) to that officer for inspection, at such time as that officer may reasonably require, at the prescribed place.

(2) The documents and records specified in this paragraph are–

(a)all wages sheets, deductions working sheets, records kept in accordance with regulation 9 and other documents and records whatsoever relating to the calculation or payment of statutory paternity pay or statutory adoption pay to his employees in respect of the years specified by such officer; or

(b)such of those wages sheets, deductions working sheets, or other documents and records as may be specified by the authorised officer.

(3) “The prescribed place” mentioned in paragraph (1) means–

(a)such place in Northern Ireland as the employer and the authorised officer may agree upon; or

(b)in default of such agreement, the place in Northern Ireland at which the documents and records referred to in paragraph (2)(a) are normally kept; or

(c)in default of such agreement and if there is no such place as is referred to in sub-paragraph (b) above, the employer’s principal place of business in Northern Ireland.

(4) The authorised officer may–

(a)take copies of, or make extracts from, any document or record produced to him for inspection in accordance with paragraph (1);

(b)remove any document or record so produced if it appears to him to be necessary to do so, at a reasonable time and for a reasonable period.

(5) Where any document or record is removed in accordance with paragraph (4)(b), the authorised officer shall provide–

(a)a receipt for any document or record so removed; and

(b)a copy of the document or record, free of charge, within seven days, to the person by whom it was produced or caused to be produced where the document or record is reasonably required for the proper conduct of a business.

(6) Where a lien is claimed on a document produced in accordance with paragraph (1), the removal of the document under paragraph (4)(b) shall not be regarded as breaking the lien.

(7) Where records are maintained by computer, the person required to make them available for inspection shall provide the authorised officer with all facilities necessary for obtaining information from them.

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