Can my employer legitimately deduct anything from my paycheck?

There are very limited circumstances in which your employer can rightly deduct funds from your paycheck, including the following:

  • You owe union dues or taxes;
  • The employer has suffered losses due to your dishonesty, willful misconduct, or gross negligence; or
  • You’ve given written authorization for the deduction to be made.

If food and lodging are, by pre-agreement, part of your salary, they may be deducted from your wages as well.

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