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What Wage Deductions Are Legal in Minnesota?

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2023 | Employment Law |

Employees are no strangers to wage deductions. Employers must subtract specific amounts on paychecks based on the employee’s circumstances and the nature of their work. Sometimes, employees have legal obligations, necessitating that employers garnish their wages.

However, knowing how to deduct the correct amount according to state employment regulations is essential. Additionally, employees should be aware of certain deductions that require written consent before subtracting them.

Aside from standard tax and benefit-related deductions, an employer could also take away the following:

  • Union-related deductions
  • Paycheck reductions for performance issues, usually occurring with sales-related occupations
  • Loan payments, if acquired with a written consent
  • Court-ordered garnishments
  • Losses at work, such as equipment or money, if the liable employee provided a written authorization
  • Work-related expenses, such as uniforms and travel costs, only for up to $50

Employers should stay within restrictions when subtracting specific amounts for work purposes. They often have an amount limit and are required to pay them back to the employee once they end their employment. It is crucial to track wages thoroughly. Errors or inaccuracies could be unlawful, causing more significant problems if left unresolved.

Fortunately, these issues could be preventable with thorough record-keeping and diligence. Regardless of size, businesses and companies should improve procedures to avoid administrative mistakes that could affect employees’ paychecks. Additionally, employers could have a standard process for addressing these problems if they arise.

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