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Ask the HR Expert — Paycheck Deductions

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Q: Can we deduct the cost of a professional license from our employees’ paychecks if they can take the license with them if they resign?

A: It depends on your state. In Arizona, for example, employers may only make a deduction from an employee’s pay if it is required by state or federal law or court ordered. In addition, you may need the employee’s written consent to authorize the deduction.

Bottom Line:
Check your state’s payroll laws.

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