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  • Who pays for required shoes?

    I am starting a new job where I am required to purchase non-skid shoes. Isn't the employer required to provide these at no cost to me?

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    Nope. Non-skid shoes are generic enough that you can be expected to provide those yourself. It doesn't cross over into the category of "uniform". If there is a specific style and color of shoe you must buy and you are not able to wear them anywhere else but work, then it falls into uniform territory. Just requiring that the shoes be non-skid is no different than requiring employees to wear khakis or a tie or other generic article of clothing that can easily be worn elsewhere.
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    • #3
      They are supplying me with the shoes and deducting from my check. Uniform or not?

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      • #4
        Please see the following page from the state labor department website. I'm not sure that they can require payroll deductions, and you should probably contact the state to clarify.

        http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/TA/T_FAQ_Tadeduct.shtml

        Q. Can an employer deduct for the purchase of uniforms or tools?
        A. No. Payroll deductions may not be taken for any item required to perform the job.

        Q. Can an employer require employees to purchase uniforms or tools that are required to perform the job?
        A. Minimum wage employees may not be required to purchase these items. The only exception to this rule is the requirement of a "generic uniform" which a minimum wage employee may be required to provide. An example of a generic uniform is a black skirt/pants and white blouse/shirt suitable for street wear. Payroll deductions are not permitted.

        Employees who receive more than minimum wage may be required to purchase required items as long as a purchase does not take an employee below minimum wage in the pay period in which it was purchased. Also, the cost of the item may not be averaged over more than one pay period. Again, payroll deductions are not permitted.
        I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!

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        • #5
          wage deductions federal rules -
          http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs16.pdf

          wage deductions Oregon rules -
          http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/TA/T_FAQ_Tadeduct.shtml

          Q. What can an employer legally deduct from the wages of employees?
          A. Under Oregon law, employers may legally deduct the following from employee wages:

          Deductions required by law such as taxes or garnishments.
          Deductions that are for the employee´s benefit such as health insurance premiums. The employee must sign a written authorization and the deductions must be recorded in the employer´s books and records.
          Other deductions authorized by the employee in writing as long as the employer is not the ultimate recipient of the money, such as charitable contributions.
          Deductions authorized by a collective bargaining agreement to which the employer is a party.
          Deductions for processing garnishments under ORS 18.736 (fee cannot be collected if garnishment is 25% of disposable earnings).
          A deduction from a final paycheck for a cash loan to an employee, if the employee has voluntarily signed a loan agreement, and the loan was for the employee´s sole benefit. A deduction from the final paycheck for repayment of a loan may not exceed 25 percent of the employee´s disposable earnings OR the amount of disposable earnings in excess of $218 per week whichever is less. Disposable earnings are generally net earnings after tax deductions and family support withholdings. See ORS 652.610(3)(e), ORS 18.385, ORS 110.303 to ORS 110.437, ORS 419B.408, and ORS 419C.600. More detailed questions should be directed to an attorney.
          Q. Can an employer deduct for the purchase of uniforms or tools?
          A. No. Payroll deductions may not be taken for any item required to perform the job.

          Q. Can an employer require employees to purchase uniforms or tools that are required to perform the job?
          A. Minimum wage employees may not be required to purchase these items. The only exception to this rule is the requirement of a "generic uniform" which a minimum wage employee may be required to provide. An example of a generic uniform is a black skirt/pants and white blouse/shirt suitable for street wear. Payroll deductions are not permitted.

          Employees who receive more than minimum wage may be required to purchase required items as long as a purchase does not take an employee below minimum wage in the pay period in which it was purchased. Also, the cost of the item may not be averaged over more than one pay period. Again, payroll deductions are not permitted.
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