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Deductions From Wages ~ Employer Benefit vs Employee Benefit
Does anyone know how to define the difference between a deduction that is for the benefit of the employer vs the benefit of the employee? Eg. Our employees can elect to automatically swipe for thier meals and agree to have this withheld from thier biweekly paycheck. I would assume (big word :) ) that this would be considered for the benefit of the employee and we would be allowed to take this deduction even if it dropped the check to below minimum wage times hours worked. Employees can also elect to have thier bill for hospital services provided to the employee or employees family automatically deducted from thier check. On the form that they sign for the deduction they agree that thier final check will be withheld for payment of these bills if they terminate before the bill is paid. Would this be for the employers benefit or the employees benefit? (I am assuming that this would be for the employers benefit). One more deduction is for tuition assistance. Employees who receive tuition assistance benefits and do not meet the requirements (grades, time employed post award) also sign a form that says we will withhold from the employees check these funds in the event that the requirements were not met. Employer or Employee benefit?