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Employment Law/Deduction from paycheck


An employee had an allotment of $10 sent to a dental care provider each paycheck.  This allotment was taken from each check for a period of 10 years.  The employee received a pay stub showing the amount for the same 10 years.  The employee now says the allotment was in error, they never approved the allotment and want the entire sum returned.  My question, at what point is an employee responsible to notify the company if a deduction or allotment is incorrect?

It is the companies responsibility to make sure the paychecks are correct that go out of their office to the employees. It is also the employee's responsibility to check and make sure the check is correct.

If it were to go to the Department of labor or to court they would probably make you pay the amount back for the past 2 years and no further back.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


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