Other than the “statutory” deductions such as Income Tax, EI, and CPP premiums, what other deductions can an employer take from employees? Here are some examples:
Uniforms: YES – Employers can deduct a “reasonable” amount (no more than the actual cost) of required uniforms (i.e., Tim Horton’s) from employee’s pay, with written permission from the employee. These do not need to be returned at the end of employment.
Garnishment/3rd Party Request: YES, if there is a court order requiring the employee to pay, the employer must send those amounts to the 3rd party.
Administrative costs: NO – i.e., requiring the employee to pay “admin fees” for a garnishment, or for a paper pay cheque instead of direct deposit.
Broken/Damaged goods NO – unless you can prove that the damage is caused “willfully” (deliberately, and with knowledge that their actions are wrong)
Cash Shortages NO – whether it’s a “dine and dash”/shoplift event or the till is short at the end of a shift, employees cannot be made to “repay” these shortages.
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