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OK to withhold pay to cover missing laptop?

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Q. An employee who recently quit hasn’t returned a company-owned laptop computer worth over $1,000. Can we withhold the value of the computer from the employee’s last paycheck?

A. Not unless the employee authorizes you to do so. The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law permits employers to make only certain types of deductions from employees’ paychecks. The law allows employers to make other deductions only with the employee’s specific authorization.

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