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Good evening I have a question my employer and the deductions he takes from our pay. I am a cable contractor for Comcast Cable but contrcated out by another compnay. There are about 75-90 employees working with this contract company and we are all W-2 employees but get paid per job.Our employer takes money from our earnings and calls them backcharges but does put the deductions on our pay stub. I wanted to know if that was legal. If there is any information on this I would like to get some please.

I have been doing payroll for 30 years. I have never heard of this deduction. If the deduction is not showing on your paystub with the other deductions it is probably an illegal deduction.

I would contact your local department of labor and have them talk to your employer about this deduction.


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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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