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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.
    I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!

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    • #3
      Register Shortages

      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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      • #4
        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.
        Amateurs built the Ark, Professionals built the Titanic

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        • #5
          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.
          "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
          Philip K. **** (1928-1982)

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          • #6
            Georgia law is silent on deductions from pay. So federal law would apply.

            In Michigan, the deduction must be authorized in writing.
            I don't respond to Private Messages unless the moderator specifically refers you to me for that purpose. Thank you.

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