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Question What are the legal types and amounts of deductions that may be taken out of an employee's wages?

Answer Labor Law, Section 193, which covers deductions from an employee's wages by an employer, provides that no such deductions shall be made except: those that are made in accordance with the provisions of any law, rule or regulation issued by a governmental agency, or those that are expressly authorized in writing by the employee and are for the benefit of the employee. Such authorizations must be kept on file on the employer's premises. Furthermore, Title 12 of the New York State Code, Rules and Regulations, Section 195.1 provides that any such deductions from wages not exceed 10 percent of the employee's gross wages for the payroll period in question.

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