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Can you make payroll deductions for missing company property?

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by Michael W. Fox, Ogletree Deakins, Austin

Texas employers frequently face problems associated with retrieving company property from disgruntled former employees. Let's use a hypothetical scenario to answer questions on whether or when you can make payroll deductions for the missing property:
A disgruntled at-will employee decides to quit his nonunion job without notice. During the course of employment, however, he received valuable equipment from the company necessary for his job (a beeper, cell phone and other equipment). A week after he quits, the company realizes that this equipment is missing. The employee has not offered to return it.

Final paycheck

Q. What portion of the final paycheck must the company pay to this employee?

A. Under the Texas Payday Act, the employer is required to provide the final paycheck to this employee at the next regular pay time. This is true even though he may be in...(register to read more)

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