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Who pays for uniform cleaning?

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Q. We require employees to wear uniforms. Can we deduct from their paychecks the money to pay for the uniform or clean it?

A. The regulations for the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Act provide that, “employers are permitted to deduct for purchases or replacements by the employee from the employer of goods, wares, merchandise, services, facilities, rent or similar items provided such deductions are authorized by the employee in writing or are authorized in a collective bargaining agreement.”

Accordingly, an employer can deduct payment for uniforms and uniform cleaning from employees’ paychecks, as long as the employees authorize the deduction in writing and the deduction does not bring the employees’ paychecks below minimum wage.

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