Withholding from Paycheck

Can my employer withhold money from my paycheck?

No.  Not without your written consent.  Sometimes, employers think they can take money out of your paycheck, for example if a waitress accidentally drops a tray of dishes.  In fact, they may not do this.  In Connecticut, employers may only withhold money from your paycheck if

 1. The employer is required or empowered to do so by state or federal law, or
 2. the employer has written authorization from the employee for deductions on a form approved by the commissioner, or

3. the deductions are authorized by the employee, in writing, for medical, surgical or hospital care or service, without financial benefit to the employer and recorded in the employer’s wage record book.

 Connecticut General Statutes Section 31-71e.  If your employer has withheld money from your paycheck in violation of this law, demand in writing that you be reimbursed.  I believe that the employer has committed larceny by doing so.

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