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    Can your employer force you to buy uniform shirts only available through them? A memo was issued that says all full-time employees must have at least 5 shirts at $25.00 a pop! They don't reimburse. Are they supposed to?

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    Are we talking about company logo items?


    • #3
      Yes they're our company logo shirts.


      • #4
        The general protocol is that company logo items should be paid for and provided by the employer (if required). Other items such as a requirement to wear black pants could be readily passed on the employee. The thought is that the employee could easily wear this item for non-work functions.

        The problem is that standard practice and Federal law are not the same. Federal law does not specifically prohibit a payroll deduction for uniforms. It only says the deduction may not take your hourly wage below minimum wage. The current minimum wage in Delaware is $6.65 per hour.

        Delaware labor code does not specifically address uniforms. It does, however, require your employer to obtain a signed payroll deduction authorization prior to withholding monies from your pay check (19 DEL. C. ยงยง1107 AND 1114).


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