Pay Deductions Explained: What You Can And Can’t Legally Deduct From Employees’ Pay
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Pay deductions are any amount of money withheld by an employer from an employee's earnings. They typically include income tax, health insurance, and social security contributions, but there are many other areas that may cause confusion for even the savviest HR manager.
FLSA permits employers to deduct the reasonable cost of some items, even if the employee's cash wage drops below the minimum wage - for example, federal and state taxes, meals and lodging, transportation the employer provides, instructional costs like tuition, and deductions that benefit the employee. Pay deductions for loans, equipment, jury duty, uniforms, and equipment damage can be a bit tricky and handling them wrong could land your organization in legal hot water. Consider this example:
Natalie Salon in California agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that it unlawfully made pay deductions for 125 nail technicians for things like dropping nail polish.
It's important for you to recognize when certain payroll deductions may be perfectly legal, and when others may not be under federal law so you can keep your organization in compliance.
Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:
- Types of pay-based deductions that are generally permissible and those that are not under federal law
- What to do if you receive a letter from the IRS or a court order to garnish wages
- Practical tips for making payroll deductions pertaining to cash shortages, employer-owned property that is damaged or destroyed, jury duty, and more
- Whether you can require exempt employees to use vacation or PTO when your office is closed and you can't legally dock their pay
- When you could be in danger of losing an exemption for making salary deductions for an exempt employee
- Payroll deduction policy drafting tips
- How to develop a policy for making deductions to pay back debts to your organization, such as employees loans, advances, and purchases
- What to do if an employee leaves the company before his debt is fully repaid
- And much more!
About your presenter:
Stephanie Yang is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard &Smith LLP. Ms. Yang practices in the firm's Employment and Labor Group, concentrating on the litigation defense of employment matters, including wage and hour, employment discrimination, employment counseling, and wrongful termination.
In just 90 minutes, learn the issues you must consider before making pay deductions for loans, equipment, advances, and more. Register now risk-free.
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