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Wage withholding for missing equipment New Jersey

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  • Wage withholding for missing equipment New Jersey

    All of our employees sign an “equipment issued tracking form” wherein they acknowledge receipt of certain items, some of which are costly to replace. My question is two-fold:
    1.If an employee loses or breaks equipment due to negligence, can we deduct the cost of that equipment from his/her wages?
    2.If an employee leaves the company, can we withhold any amount from his/her final check to cover the cost of equipment not returned to us?

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    No, to both. New Jersey law is very strict when it comes to this issue. The question is asked/answered about halfway down the page.
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    • #3
      And nothing stops you from pursuing the ex-employee in court for the equipment or it's value.

      You just cannot deduct the amount from his/her final paycheck.
      Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

      I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

      Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.


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