I don't know about UK, but as an example in America I seen cases where waiters/waitresses are told to pay the tab of anyone who gets up and leaves without paying. Doesn't matter if it is due to malice or if it is simple forgetting.
One thing is unclear though on who gets access to the registry. If anyone can open it, I would be sure to raise concerns over ...
The situation in the UK with regard to deductions for mistakes is somewhat complicated. Here is a page that discusses the legalities of it and another page by ACAS.
What is certain is three things:
They cannot reduce your wages below minimum wages for any reason
They cannot deduct more than 10% of your wages for mistakes (though they can deduct 10% ...
Advise them that you'll accept their job offer on the condition that they change their bank account to the same as yours.
If they respond with an answer such as "But that's ridiculous, that would be so inconvenient" then respond "Exactly".
Most likely a scam, especially if the company is online based. I'd review up to this point how you got the job. Did you go for an interview? Were you hired on the spot? Were all your paperwork done via email/telephone?
This scam is common. A fake company has you do what seems like work, then they "pay" you with a check with very specific instructions like ...
In US almost every employment is "At Will".
You have the right to decline it pursuant to your reasons, they have the right to rescind the offer pursuant to their
Especially, if you using different bank will cost company money.
If you really want that position, research the reason behind the switch request and argue according to that.
Weigh your pros and ...
How should I proceed?
Politely decline their offer and continue to search for a new company to work for. If the reason for requiring you to switch banks is true, this is indicative of a whole department (arguably the most important for any employee) that doesn't seem to know what they're doing. Definitely not a company worth working for.
Is there anything from employment laws/standards I can cite to get
them to go away, or can they seriously demand I pay them this money?
Yes, see below.
The government can probably force them to pay what they owe you, and perhaps, even tack on an extra administrative fine of 15% for not having paid you on time in the first place.
Will that make them go ...
Go see a lawyer.
My employer has informed me that this was a mistake (they won't communicate it in writing)
As a general rule, when companies have the force of law on their side (and even when they don't) they send demands in writing. When they don't, it is usually because they are doing something they don't want someone to see.
Who that someone maybe ...