South Dakota Deductions from Pay: What you need to know

Medical examinations and records. An employer may not require any employee to pay the cost of a medical examination or the cost of furnishing any records required by the employer as a condition of continued employment. The term “employee” in this case means any person who may be permitted, required, or directed by any employer, in consideration of direct or indirect gain or profit, to engage in any employment (SD Cod. Laws Sec. 60-11-2).
Public employers. Public employers may make deductions if authorized in writing or by means of electronic signature by the employee (SD Cod. Laws Sec. 3-10-8).
Voting. Employers may not deduct wages from employees who are absent from work for the purpose of voting in any election within the state. Employees are allowed 2 hours to vote, provided an employee does not have a period of 2 consecutive hours during the time the polls are open during which he or she is not required to be present at his or her work or place of employment. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may leave to vote (SD Cod. Laws Sec. 12-3-5).

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