Improper Paycheck Deductions

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Improper Paycheck Deductions

While employers are allowed to withhold taxes, Social Security contributions, as well as your share of certain benefits from your paycheck, employers cannot make deductions prohibited by law. Take a look at this checklist to see if your employer has made any of the following prohibited paycheck deductions:

  • Deducting money from your paycheck to cover a cash shortage, breakage, or shrinkage—defined as theft or shoplifting
  • Making deductions for unidentified returns from commission sales
  • Reducing the bonus paid to you (if you're a manager) to cover losses in another department or division
  • Taking back a commission (if you're a salesperson) because a customer has defaulted on a payment installment
  • Charging employees for lost keys, tools, supplies, or other company materials
  • Deducting any amount at all from a tip left for an employee
  • Deducting the cost of work-related expenses for items provided by the employer, including a required photograph, bond, or uniform; this also includes any pre-employment physical or medical examination that is a condition for employment

If you believe that your employer has attempted to make you pay for business expenses that are by law the employer's responsibility, you may very well have a claim. Take action now. There's no charge and everything is kept confidential. Contact us today—the employment law experts at Lawyers for Employee & Consumer Rights.

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