It’s important to be cautious when making deductions directly from workers’ pay, especially if they’re nonexempt and deductions could potentially make their pay fall below the minimum wage.

Many states have rules requiring written consent from employees before wage deductions can be made for any reason, even if it’s to repay a loan or overpayment.

Your best bet is to have all employees sign off on deductions before they’re made, even if there’s no law requiring it, so you’ll have proof in case any issues arise.