charging employees for mistakes and broken equipment

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Latest post 12-20-2008 10:48 PM by Drew. 2 replies.
  • 12-17-2008 7:32 PM

    • teammom
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    charging employees for mistakes and broken equipment

    Not sure if this is the correct board; however, I own a small restaurant. Is it illegal to make my employees pay for a customer who is undercharged by them; and is it illegal for me to make them pay for equipment they break?

    Please help.

    Thanks

    teammom

  • 12-17-2008 10:23 PM In reply to

    re: charging employees for mistakes and broken equipment

    I haven't looked up any PA wage and labor laws, but you certainly should, or at least have an attorney explain them to you.

    I don't think it's illegal to charge employees for either of those.

    But it is illegal to deduct money from their pay without their consent.

    So you'd be wise to put this policy in writing and have every employee sign that they consent to having such charges taken out of their pay.

    And get an attorney to advise you on how to do that properly so you don't end up in trouble yourself.

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  • 12-20-2008 10:48 PM In reply to

    • Drew
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    re: charging employees for mistakes and broken equipment

    I agree--PA law does address prior notice--and I'd get it in writing.

    Of course you are free to suggest they pay up and terminate them if the don't take the hint and contest any UC claim on ground you fired them for unsatisfactor performance.

    But you'd be wiser to have a written policy and everyone sign it.



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