Employers can make deductions from an employee’s paycheck only in certain, specific situations, typically with the permission of the employee. For example, if an employee chooses to take part in an employer’s health insurance plan, the employee will give express permission for the employer to make a deduction for the premium.
Unlawful Deductions from Pay in New York
An employer cannot deduct pay from an employee’s wages for breakage or spoilage of materials, and it cannot require an employee to pay for shortages in a separate transaction. Conducting a thorough investigation of an employer’s payroll records is an important step in determining if legal action is needed. Speak to a knowledgeable attorney if you believe your employer may be guilty of making an unlawful pay deduction in New York. At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we will analyze your situation and determine if your employer is in violation of labor laws.
An employer may not deduct the cost of an employee’s uniform if it brings the employee below minimum wage. Employers must also provide uniform cleaning/maintenance services to employees who are at minimum wage.
If you have questions about deductions for uniforms or other pay deductions, please contact The Klein Law Group, P.C., toll free at 1-877-390-8732 or contact us online. Our NYC wage and hour lawyers offer free initial consultations and we collect no fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation on your behalf.
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