• Are deductions from wages allowed?

The FLSA does not allow deduction from an employee’s wages for items which are considered to be primarily for the benefit or convenience of the employer, including uniforms with company logos, tools, safety equipment required by law, and other work related equipment. This is also true of pre-employment physicals and other examinations. However, employers may deduct the costs of certain items, by agreement of the employee, in very limited circumstances.

To read more about “Deductions from Wage” under the FLSA, please see U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #16.

Important Note: The FLSA may be supplemented by higher standards set in your state. For more information about state specific laws, click here.

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