An employer may provide an employee an advance on pay, which then may be repaid through deduction from the employee's future wages (ND Stat. Sec. 34-14-04.1). Except for those amounts that are required under state or federal law to be withheld from employee compensation or where a court has ordered the employer to withhold compensation, an employer may only withhold from the compensation due employees:
• Advances paid to employees other than undocumented cash;
• A recurring deduction authorized in writing;
• A nonrecurring deduction authorized in writing when the source of the deduction is cited specifically; and
• A nonrecurring deduction for damage, breakage, shortage, or negligence that must be authorized by the employee at the time of the deduction.
Last reviewed on March 17, 2016.