What Can be Legally Deducted From my Paycheck?
Employers are limited in what they can deduct from your paycheck. Things like tax withholding and payments for benefits are standard, and can be lawfully deducted. If you have a wage garnishment or a child support order, there are lawful deductions associated with those as well, but generally capped in amount.
Your employer cannot deduct for expenses of the business that are not agreed to by you and for your benefit. They also are limited in the ability to deduct for liabilities (for example, damage to property caused by you) or loans.
This often comes up in a final paycheck. If the employer thinks they are owed reimbursement for a sign on bonus, or training, they might attempt "self help" by withholding it from your last check. In most cases, this is not legal.
There are also some employers who use regular deductions for things like uniforms, or products used in your job. This is also questionable, and you should consult with an employment lawyer if you are concerned about these deductions.
Learn more here about wage deductions in Massachusetts.
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