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    My company provides uniforms, but does not provide a cleaning allowance, is this legal? They use to provide a cleaning service, but it was costly, so they did away with it. It has been almost a year and still no allowance?



    Robert

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    Originally posted by Rossmoor
    My company provides uniforms, but does not provide a cleaning allowance, is this legal? They use to provide a cleaning service, but it was costly, so they did away with it. It has been almost a year and still no allowance?



    Robert

    As far as the Federal Labor Standards Act your company can ask you to pay for both the uniforms and their care.

    But in California the employer is required to provide a company-mandated uniform and in some cases, provide the maintenance or an allowance for it.
    \http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/MinimumWage.pdf
    Last edited by Sue; 02-22-2005, 11:28 AM.
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      California takes a different perspective on maintenance of uniforms. If the uniform is distinctive to the business, such as a certain color or style that is not common, then the employer must pay for the uniform and the maintenance thereof. Under that standard, for example, a housekeeper working in a hotel wearing a uniform that is designed by the hotel and only found in the hotel, must be maintained by the employer. On the other hand, if a nurse can wear white or a pastel, etc., of the employee's choosing, the employer does not need to pay or maintain the uniform.
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        Originally posted by LConnell
        California takes a different perspective on maintenance of uniforms. If the uniform is distinctive to the business, such as a certain color or style that is not common, then the employer must pay for the uniform and the maintenance thereof. Under that standard, for example, a housekeeper working in a hotel wearing a uniform that is designed by the hotel and only found in the hotel, must be maintained by the employer. On the other hand, if a nurse can wear white or a pastel, etc., of the employee's choosing, the employer does not need to pay or maintain the uniform.

        Please NOTE: IN CALIFORNIA, if the maintenance consists of only washing and drying the employee is NOT required to provide this service.

        It is correct they must provide you with the uniforms in California, so I corrected my first post.

        http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/MinimumWage.pdf
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