Oklahoma Deductions from Pay: What you need to know

Under Oklahoma law, an employer may deduct from an employee's wages only charges required by law, permitted by law, or authorized by the employee in accordance with state law.
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Deductions required by law include federal, state, and local income tax withholding, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax withholding, and court-ordered garnishments or other deductions (OK Admin. Code Sec. 380:30-1-7). There is additional information.
Under Oklahoma law, employers may make deductions from an employee's pay if the employer and employee enter into a written and signed payroll deduction agreement for any of the following purposes only (OK Admin. Code Sec. 380:30-1-7):
• To repay a loan or advance that the employer made to the employee during the course of and within the scope of employment
• To recover payroll overpayments
• To compensate the employer for merchandise or uniforms purchased by the employee
• To pay for benefits and insurance premiums but not workers' compensation or unemployment compensation
• For contributions to deferred compensation plans or other investment plans provided by the employer for the employee's benefit
• To compensate the employer for breakage or loss of merchandise, inventory shortages, or cash shortages incurred while the employee was solely responsible for the cash or items damaged or lost
An employer may not deduct from an employee's wages or compensation for the cost of medical or physical exams that are a condition of employment. In addition, the employee must be provided with a copy of the medical exam report within 30 days of the exam (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 191).
Each pay period, an employer must furnish ...

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