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    There is a disagreement between myself, the payroll admin, and our general manager regarding how much can be taken from an employees paycheck to reimburse for damage to company property. We charge our employees a maximum of $200 when they damage the company vehicles, less if the repair costs less, but it's meant to be a deterrent to curb carelessness. The GM says if the employees check is $75, I should take it all to satisfy a portion of the $200 charge. I say that I can't do that because it brings the wages below minimum. The disagreement centers around the fact that our employees don't get paid an hourly wage but rather by the mile so the GM thinks that's a way to get around the law. Because we pay semi-monthly, I've figured that minimum wage would be $6.55 x 65 = $425.75, and anything less than that is untouchable. Am I correct, is the GM correct, or is there something I'm missing entirely?

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    In Oklahoma you have to have a signed acknowledgement from the employee to deduct the money AND you can only deduct monies not take employee below minimum wage.
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      I will defer to the other answer for OK state law. I can give you a pointer to federal law (FLSA) which also has the MW provision.
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        I agree/concur with atsiamanda re Oklahoma deductions - it's ok to deduct for damage to co. property but have to have written deduction auth. by employee & can't pay below min. wage.
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