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  • Deductions for cash drawer being short? Missouri

    I have a question...can I make deductions on a cashier's paycheck if their cash drawer is short? Or if they don't follow procedures and results in loss of compensation?

    I have an employee whose cash drawer was short $170. Can I take that back from her check as long as it doesn't take her under min wage, or do I have to find an alternate way to penalize her?

    And we own a gas station, our policy is that customers are supposed to pay in advance for gas that is paid for in cash. A different employee authorized a pump before getting the money and then the car drove off. Since she completely disregarded company policy, can I reduce her pay?

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    per my ref. on Mo. -- State law doesn't regulate deductions for such things as cash shortages except in regard to final paycheck. In that case, employers may not deduct for items as shortages or breakage. As far as other types of deductions, deductions are allowed for whatever purposes on which the parties agree.
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      http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs16.pdf

      You can reduce her pay going forward or you could terminate her for not following policy. Your pumps aren't set it to prohibit pumping unless credit/debit card or attendant activates it for cash? All the ones I go to are.
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        Just to be clear, while I have no opinion on MO law (not my state), federal law (FLSA) consideres deductions for cash drawer shortages to be a "for the benefit of the employer" type of deduction that cannot reduce pay below minimum wage. And federal law is applicable in all 50 states, so that is the worst case as far as the employee is concerned. State law can be more favorable to the employee then federal law, but cannot be less favorable.
        http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs16.pdf
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