Private employers in Missouri may make lawful deductions from the wages of employees so long as the deductions do not violate the state's minimum wage requirements.
Deductions that may reduce wages below the minimum wage. The following goods and services are considered to be for the private benefit of the employee and, therefore, their fair market value may be deducted by the employer as a credit toward the payment of the minimum wage to the employee (MO Code of Regs. Tit. 8 Sec. 30-4.050):
• Meals, as long as the meals are voluntarily received by the employee for the private benefit of the employee
• Lodging, as long as the lodging is voluntarily received by the employee for the private benefit of the employee
• Tuition furnished by a college to its student employees
• Merchandise furnished at company stores and commissaries
• Fuel (including coal, kerosene, firewood, and lumber slabs)
• Electricity, water, and gas furnished for the noncommercial personal use of the employee
• Transportation furnished to employees between their homes and work, where the transportation is not necessary to the employment
Deductions that may not reduce employee wages below the minimum wage. An employer may not deduct for any of the following items, if the deduction would reduce the employee's wage below the statutory minimum (MO Code of Regs. Tit. 8 Sec. 30-4.050):
• Uniforms (including, but not limited to, suits, dresses, aprons, and all other garments worn by the employees as a condition of employment. Apparel of a similar design, color, or material as the decorative pattern or logo of the business or distinguishing the employee as an employee of the business is considered to be worn as a condition of ...