Ask the HR Expert — Paycheck Deductions

on May 28, 2018

Q: Can we deduct the cost of a professional license from our employees’ paychecks if they can take the license with them if they resign?

A: It depends on your state. In Arizona, for example, employers may only make a deduction from an employee’s pay if it is required by state or federal law or court ordered. In addition, you may need the employee’s written consent to authorize the deduction.

Bottom Line:
Check your state’s payroll laws.

Jill Schaefer

Jill Schaefer

Jill is the Content and Community Manager here at KPA. She breaks down complex regulations into why they matter and what they mean for clients. In short, she tries to make compliance easier and help employers do the right things.

In her spare time, she is equal parts crazy cat lady, triathlete, and pizza connoisseur.

Jill SchaeferAsk the HR Expert — Paycheck Deductions

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