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    States: Georgia and Detroit

    In both of these states, Is it legal to deduct register shortages from employees pay checks?

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    Detroit isn't a state.

    Employers are only allowed to deduct what employees have authorized: insurance, social security, etc.

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    Michigan & Georgia

    So even if the employee agree that they caused the shortage and sign a document approving the deduction, it is not legal to deduct any register shortages from employee paychecks nor have them reimburse out of pocket? I am inquiring because we are updating our handbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdoug View Post
    Michigan & Georgia

    So even if the employee agree that they caused the shortage and sign a document approving the deduction, it is not legal to deduct any register shortages from employee paychecks nor have them reimburse out of pocket? I am inquiring because we are updating our handbook.
    If they are authorizing the deduction, there shouldn't be a problem. Someone with more knowledge for the specific states will hopefully chime in.
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    Under federal law only, deductions without employee approval for cash shortages are legal as long as minimum wage is still paid. You need to read all of the rules discussed on this not very well written page.
    http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/whd/whdfs16.htm

    GA is generally considered to be a "just like federal" state, although I do not know as a fact that this is true on this issue.

    MI is not a "just like federal" state. Patty has quoted the MI rules several times in the last week, or at least put their web pointer in her response.
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    Georgia law is silent on deductions from pay. So federal law would apply.

    In Michigan, the deduction must be authorized in writing.

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