Can My Employer deduct from my paycheck for their mistake?

Long story short, my job made an
error in payroll and on my
timesheet has me working from 5am-
11pm when I worked 5pm-11pm. So I
did not work 18 hours but instead
6. I have the extra 12 hours on my
check and when talking to my boss,
she said the 12 hours would likely
be deducted from my hours on the
next paycheck. Can they do that to
correct the mistake they made?

Asked on September 19, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Typically paycheck deductions can only be made with the written consent of the employee. However, there are certain exceptions. So, for example, an employer can deduct for taxes, child/spousal support and garnishments. I can also decuct for any accounting/bookkeeping errors. Accordngly, a mistake such as you describe can result in a legal paycheck deduction.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Typically paycheck deductions can only be made with the written consent of the employee. However, there are certain exceptions. So, for example, an employer can deduct for taxes, child/spousal support and garnishments. I can also decuct for any accounting/bookkeeping errors. Accordngly, a mistake such as you describe can result in a legal paycheck deduction.


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