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Can we deduct from his paycheck? Employee ruined a company-issued laptop

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Q. One of our employees was issued a company laptop and later corrupted it by downloading games and other nonbusiness software. Can we recover the value of the damaged property from this employee’s next paycheck?

A. An employer’s ability to make deductions from an employee’s wages is governed by state law (which varies from state to state) and often depends on the reason for the deduction and whether the employer has obtained the employee’s written consent.

Under Illinois law, employers cannot deduct for financial losses due to property damage, unless employees freely give written consent.
 

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